I’m so grateful for the Family Safety Center and the Exchange Club for educating me and providing me a safe space to begin my healing process.When we talk about major concerns facing LGBTQ youth, we typically discuss topics like bias-based bullying and harassment or familial rejection and homelessness; and when we talk about violence facing the larger LGBTQ community, we typically discuss hate crimes.

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Studies of teen dating violence have found, for example, that youth who experience parental violence are more likely to report violence within their own teen dating relationships.

Dating violence during adolescence is generally accepted to be a precursor to domestic or intimate partner violence in adulthood.

Results show that psychological violence is the most frequent form of dating victimization reported.

Girls are more likely to report experiences of psychological, physical, threatening behaviors as well as sexual dating victimization than boys.

Analyses on different indicators of the impact of victimization (i.e.

feelings of fear, distress and post-traumatic stress symptoms) reveal that teenage girls are more vulnerable to sustaining more pervasive impacts than boys.

The Urban Institute’s study also showed that LGB youth were much more likely than their heterosexual peers to be perpetrators of dating violence.

While the Urban Institute’s report did not provide much of a discussion of either the causes or effects of LGBTQ teen dating violence, there may be similarities to certain findings among non-LGBTQ youth.

Below are some statistics provided by Futures Without Violence and the Family Violence Prevention Fund.