The new study, conducted by Urban Institute researchers Janine Zweig and Meredith Dank, gives insight into the methods perpetrators use, who the victims are, and when the abuse is carried out.
“New technologies–social networking sites, texts, cell phones, and emails–have given abusers another way to control, degrade, and frighten their partners,” Zweig stated.
A section of the Love is Respect Web site spells out the basics of dating and healthy relationships to help young people searching for information figure out if their feelings of unease about their relationship are a sign of something more serious.“I think, as a field, we’ve gained traction in educating young people around physical abuse and verbal abuse, but how that translates over a digital platform is not something that young people have necessarily made the link to,” she said.
It is a form of dating abuse Ray-Jones feels her field is just beginning to understand, but they are “trying to be proactive with that messaging to help young people understand the risks and benefits of the digital medium.”In a 2007 Technology & Teen Dating Abuse Survey by Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU), teens reported that digital dating abuse “is a serious problem,” in which abusers try to control their partners with tactics like constant text messaging and cellphone calls, usually unbeknownst to their parents.
The Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center released a 2013 study examining the role technology plays in teen dating abuse.
According to the study, 26 percent of teens in a romantic relationship said their partners had digitally abused them during the previous year using social media, email, and text messages.
Digital dating abuse was also found to be associated with online bullying.
"School nurses can prepare for this task by being aware and making others aware that online and offline behaviors are becoming increasingly blurred in teens' lives and that digital dating abuse may be a warning sign of traditional abuse," said Jeff Temple, co-author of the paper and The University of Texas Medical Branch associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology.
February In a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, 9.4 percent of high school students reported experiencing some form of physical violence by the person they were dating in the 12 months before the survey.“We want to be able to get that healthy relationship education out early enough so that people understand what their expectations should be, so that we’re not trying to correct behavior at that point,” she says.Between Chris Brown, Bill Cosby and the many domestic violence charges against NFL players (and athletes in general), there’s been no shortage of stories in the media about dating abuse.Even in other stories, dating violence has been creeping into conversations unlikely to mention violence.However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.