Adverse health teen dating violence
Marshall Murray Judge of the Circuit Court of Milwaukee Member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges One of the most important duties for any court system is to ensure that youth in the community are protected.As the former Presiding Judge of the Milwaukee Children’s Court and Presiding Judge of the Milwaukee County Domestic Violence Courts, I have seen many young people who were survivors of teen dating violence.One of the hardest tasks I have faced is making decisions in cases that involve victimized youth.I know that judges around the country (many of whom are parents) also are deeply concerned about making the right decision in cases that involve teen survivors.Researchers seek to identify the risk factors indicating an increased likelihood for dating violence and the protective factors that buffer against dating violence.Risk factors and protective factors can be found across multiple contexts or domains, including factors specific to an individual, peer group or social group, relationship, or community/environment.Bethany stared out the window wondering how she ever got into the mess she was in… This national campaign brings awareness to an issue that marks this nation - domestic violence.She had just turned 17 and she should be in the prime of her teen years. Unfortunately, many victims of domestic violence were once victims to another very real issue, Teen Dating Violence (which also runs a national campaign in the month of February).
As with adult domestic violence, teen dating violence is a gendered phenomenon and there is a substantial overrepresentation of young teen girls who are victims of dating violence.) This February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will be highlighting the importance of youth victimized through dating violence.Other research indicates that boys who have been abused in childhood by a family member are more prone to IPV perpetration, while girls who have been abused in childhood by a family member are prone to lack empathy and self-efficacy; but the risks for the likelihood of IPV perpetration and victimization among adolescents vary and are not well understood.There is a common misconception that aggression is stable over time.In an NIJ-funded study of 5,647 teens (51.8 percent female, 74.6 percent Caucasian) from 10 middle schools and high schools (representing grades 7 to 12) throughout New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, researchers identified several factors related to increased risk for dating violence.The researchers focused especially on cyber abuse but found that the following factors related to multiple forms of abuse: Another NIJ-funded study examined multiple risk factors among 223 at-risk, low-income teens in central Virginia.