Intimate partner violence (IPV) in adolescents is an important realm of study as, in addition to the usual negative effects of abuse, this violence occurs at a critical period in the social and mental development of a person.This is also an important topic from a gender studies perspective as almost 32% of male adolescents engage in some form of violence, whether sexual, physical or emotional, towards their partners while adolescent violence from females is nearly half of that rate.Its purpose is to empower young people with the skills to distinguish between relationships based on power and control and those based on equality, respect and trust.Young people also learn strategies to help themselves and their peers confronting abuse. Department of Health and Human Services sponsored the first federal conference on teen dating abuse, one of our STAR peer leaders was invited to participate — one of only four teens in the nation.Kaitlyn Marie Sudberry, born July 5, 1990 Tucson, Arizona.She became a beautiful, vivacious, artistically talented loving young lady.The result of our collaboration with youth is the “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” program.
For youth workers who are not aware, how can we expand their understanding to address teen dating violence? We know there are risks associated with social media and internet use for teens, but how can these same tools be used to help teens access the information and help they may need when confronted with violence and abuse.
Gomez said some students will come in and say their girlfriend or boyfriend wants the password to their cell phone.“We try to explain to them well that’s technically not healthy,” he said. There should be that trust in that relationship and those types of issues.”In a national survey, 13 percent of teens with dating experience who responded said that a partner had demanded that they share their passwords to email and internet accounts with them, according to a Pew Research Center report released in 2015.
Part of the Phoenix program involves hands-on activities that push students to put themselves in the shoes of someone in an unhealthy relationship.
Studies show technology has changed the way many adolescents “meet, date and break up” with one another.
Phoenix officials have recognized the problems associated with these new ways to communicate, and they have developed programs to better reach out to adolescents to talk to them about dating violence and healthy relationships.