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NCJ Number: 149657 Find in a Library
Title: Dating Violence: A Discussion Guide on Violence in Young People's Relationships
Author(s): D J Lewis
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: P.O. Box 1098, Postal Station A
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2T1, Canada
Sale Source: P.O. Box 1098, Postal Station A
Battered Women's Support
Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2T1,
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: The issue of violence in young people's relationships has become significant in recent years; women's organizations, such as the Battered Women's Support Services in British Columbia, Canada, have seen an increase in calls concerning teenage women who are battered by their boyfriends.
Abstract: Over the past two decades, women's organizations have begun transition houses and other support services for battered women, government agencies have responded to the needs of women, and the media has focused on abuse. It appears that the pressure to have a boyfriend is a powerful motivator for young women. Young women see daily that success is defined in terms of being attractive and popular and having a man. At the same time, popular music tells boys to be aggressive, egocentric, and irresponsible in satisfying their needs. The need to be respected for their beliefs and choices is important to young people, and many young women believe their boyfriend is the only one who takes them seriously as having grown up. When young women speak of their abusive situations, each experience is unique. Nonetheless, certain steps can be taken to help women prevent or deal with abuse. The author presents a discussion guide that focuses on relationships, self-esteem, self-assertion, and breaking isolation. Exercises and handouts are included that deal with violence, forced sexual contact, and sexual abuse. Legal aspects of dating violence in Canada are noted, organizations and materials that can provide assistance are listed, and the issue of reporting violence to the police is examined.
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Abused women; Canada; Crime in foreign countries; Sexual assault victims; Victims in foreign countries; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention
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