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Dating violance among teens

In other words, we talk about the violence facing our community from those outside it, from those who are openly homophobic and transphobic, but what about the violence happening within our community?

As difficult as it may be to admit, LGBTQ people – including LGBTQ youth – can be and are perpetrators of violence as well as its victims, and too often, that violence occurs in the context of romantic and/or sexual relationships.

(More on Time.com: Study: ‘Hyper-Texting’ Teens More Likely to Have Had Sex, Tried Drugs) Among the students with siblings, more girls (61%) than boys (51%) acknowledged using some kind of violence against another person, with violence against romantic partners being more commonly perpetrated by girls than by boys.

But in both boys and girls, the tendency to assault a romantic partner overlapped with the likelihood of using violence against siblings and peers.

The rates of sexual victimization for LGB respondents was 23.2 percent, nearly double that of heterosexual youth, of whom 12.3 percent reported sexual coercion.

TDV is generally defined as occurring among individuals between the ages of 13-19 years old.

Victims of teen dating violence face a greater risk of problems like depression, suicidality, drug and alcohol problems, and re-victimization in young adulthood, problems that have also been shown to disproportionately affect LGBTQ teens in general.

What is clear from this limited research is that teen dating violence is not only a problem affecting LGBTQ youth, but one that seems to affect them at higher rates than non-LGBTQ youth. states and the District of Columbia require school sex education curricula to include LGBTQ-specific content.

As Health Day reported: The study has some caveats, however.

The students — nearly 80 percent of whom were black or Hispanic — only came from public high schools.


  1. The Rate of Cyber Dating Abuse among Teens and How It Relates to Other Forms of Teen Dating Violence. Janine M. Zweig*. Meredith Dank. Jennifer Yahner. Pamela Lachman. Urban Institute, Justice Policy Center. Published Journal of Youth and Adolescence

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