showed significantly higher rates of dating violence among LGB youth than among non-LGB youth.While 29 percent of heterosexual youth surveyed reported being physically abused by dating partners, for example, 42.8 percent of LGB youth reported the same.She tried to break up with him many times, but he threatened to hurt her reputation and even commit suicide if she followed through on her promises. Louis nonprofit that provides free counseling to teenagers trying to recover from unhealthy relationships.
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.
The warning signs for parents are a change in behavior, moodiness, depression, and isolation.
A spokesperson for Safe Connections advised parents not to force their child to break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend.
Complementing the site is the Helpline’s 24/7 chat, phone and text service and Break the Cycle’s prevention resources.
Break the Cycle, the leading national nonprofit organization that provides preventive dating and domestic violence education and outreach to teens and young adults.
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.
Unfortunately, most studies of IPV in the LGBTQ community focus exclusively on adults, and most studies of teen dating violence fail to take into account respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.