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NCJ Number: 148167 Find in a Library
Editor(s): B Levy
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 315
Sponsoring Agency: Seal Press
Seattle, WA 98121-1028
Publication Number: ISBN 1-878067-03-6
Sale Source: Seal Press
3131 Western Avenue
Suite 410
Seattle, WA 98121-1028
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Papers on dating violence address its consequences and patterns as told by teen victims and their parents, the context of dating violence, intervention strategies, and education and prevention projects.
Abstract: To profile patterns in abusive dating relationships, young women and adult women describe their past experiences in their own words. The stories show patterns of verbal and emotional abuse in the form of hypercritical, demeaning barrages with or without physical or sexual violence. Abuse alternates with devotion, love, and often passionate sex. The abuser controls his or her partner with jealousy, obsessiveness, and suicide threats as well as with physical and verbal violence. To provide a context for the experiences of individual young women, the second section of the book provides an overview of the problem from the perspective or researchers and social analysts. Topics addressed include domination and control, the abused African-American woman, the context of date rape, contextual and risk factors in dating violence, and bonding with abusive dating partners. The third section focuses on intervention strategies. Topics discussed are a community response to teen dating violence, working with a teen mother in an abusive relationship, overcoming posttraumatic stress disorder in adolescent date rape survivors, and dating violence in Asian/Pacific communities. Other topics are the building of a bicultural program, lesbian teens in abusive relationships, and legal remedies for teen dating violence. The concluding section profiles education and prevention projects. The majority are in high schools and are provided by school staff or by community-based domestic violence programs. 240 references, a resources list, and a subject index
Main Term(s): Female victims
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Criminology; Dating Violence; Juveniles; Violence causes; Violence prevention
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