In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently published a literature review on national dating violence research in adolescent relationships. Teen dating violence is a complex issue that can include varying layers of abusive behavior. In the past, dating violence research was limited to college-age or young adult victims. However, in more recent years, there has been a steady increase in this research with greater focus on adolescents. Concentrating on youth between 12-18 years old, this literature review includes definitions of different types of dating violence, the scope of the problem, risk and protective factors related to perpetration and victimization, short and long-term consequences, and outcome evidence of programs that seek to prevent or reduce the occurrence of teen dating violence.
To learn more about teen dating violence and model intervention initiatives, check out Model Programs Guide Literature Review: Teen Dating Violence.