Lgbt youth dating violence
“Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth” (abstract). What it’s about: This study from the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC, think tank, explores dating violence and abuse among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens. Journal of Youth and Adolescence (online, July 2013).The researchers analyzed data from surveys with 3,745 New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania high school and middle school students who were in a dating relationship in the prior year, and compared the dating violence rates and experiences of LGBTQ youth with those of their heterosexual peers.Why read it: In recent years, researchers and the media have shed a lot of light on the high rate of hate crimes and bullying LGBTQ youth experience.According to the 2013 study, “Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying” by Urban Institute, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers are at a greater risk of dating abuse than heterosexuals.Of the 3, 745 youth in 7th to 12th grades, in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey surveyed in the study, 6 percent of the respondents identified as LGBT.Of the respondents: Compass Center for Women and Families offers domestic violence crisis services to women, men and families.We work with women and men, regardless of sexual orientation, who are experiencing or have experienced emotional, verbal, physical, sexual or other forms of abuse.
Although Blacks comprised only 15 percent of all adolescents aged 13–19 in the United States in 2010, they accounted for 69 percent of all diagnoses of HIV infection among adolescents.These included physical violence, psychological abuse, cyber abuse and sexual coercion.Among the study’s other findings: The researchers write that their findings support the need for dating violence prevention and intervention programs that specifically address the needs of LGBTQ youth.Young people who share certain demographic characteristics are disproportionately affected by HIV infection and other STDs.Black and Hispanic/Latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM), homeless youth and youth enrolled in alternative schools are affected at particularly high rates.