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NCJ Number: 220721 Find in a Library
Title: Making Meaning of Relationships: Young Women's Experiences and Understandings of Dating Violence
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:13  Issue:12  Dated:December 2007  Pages:1274-1295
Author(s): Donna Chung
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 22
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses young women’s experiences and understandings of dating and dating violence.
Abstract: The findings of this study are consistent with previous research that found that experiences of unwanted sexual attention, sexual coercion, and dating violence are common for young women. Young women in this study were aware that dating violence and domestic violence existed in the community, with a number being directly affected or knowing those who had such experiences. The findings confirm the practice experience that young women are unlikely to speak out about their boyfriends’ use of violence or seek help from formal services. The use of peer education and support, therefore, remains an important approach in responding to dating violence. Using a qualitative design, this study explores young women’s experiences of dating and dating violence, and how young women (those with and without experiences of violence) understand and make meaning of such violence. The intention in examining their understandings and meaning making is that they can contribute to identifying prevention and intervention strategies for dating violence. Also, the intention was to identify what was similar and/or different for young women compared with what is known about adult women living with violent partners. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Dating Violence
Index Term(s): Acquaintance rape; Female victims; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Sexual harassment; Victimization; Violence
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