Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Sheets

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We have created a set of educational materials for judges, courts, court-related professionals, schools, parents, teens, and the community to learn about the dangers and consequences of Teen Dating Violence. These Information and Resources Sheets were developed by the National Judicial Education Program (NJEP) with funding from the Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.*

About Teen Dating Violence

“Teen Dating Violence” (TDV) is a scourge that is as epidemic, harmful, and potentially lethal as adult domestic violence. Unchecked TDV can entrench a lifetime pattern of perpetration by abusers and acceptance of abuse by victims.

TDV encompasses a broad range of abusive behaviors perpetrated in relationships between teenagers aged 11-19. Like the perpetrators of adult Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), TDV perpetrators exert power and control over their victims. TDV is just as dangerous as IPV, and TDV perpetrators use the same abusive behaviors as adult abusers. However, TDV differs from IPV or Domestic Violence in that adolescent perpetrators may also use different mechanisms than adults to control their victims, particularly social media.

It is also important to note that the very definition of “dating” differs for adolescents—many teens believe that TDV is only perpetrated in long-term, romantically and physically intimate relationships. If their relationship does not fit that model, they may not view their relationships as “serious enough” to look for signs of abusive behavior in their partners. It is also important to note that teens may have difficulty recognizing that they are being abused.

The rapidly growing awareness of TDV presents an opportunity for judges, courts, and court-related professionals to protect victims, intervene with perpetrators, and educate the communities they serve on their role in prevention. The teen years are a period of peak learning capacity and potential for change. These eleven Information Sheets provide an introduction to many of the issues involved in TDV and its intersections with other areas of the law, and the Resources Sheet is a compilation of useful resources about teen dating violence for judges, courts, schools, parents, teens, and the community.

The Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Sheets

  1. Table of Contents for Teen Dating Violence Materials
  2. The Dynamics and Consequences of Teen Dating Violence
  3. The Teenage Brain: New Knowledge from Neuroscience
  4. Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence
  5. Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence: Glossary
  6. Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence: Technology “How-Tos” for Judges
  7. LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence
  8. LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence: Glossary
  9. Orders of Protection for Victims of Teen Dating Violence
  10. Holding Teen Dating Violence Offenders Accountable
  11. Teen Dating Violence: The Need for Judicial Leadership
  12. Teen Dating Violence: Resources for Judicial Leadership (Resources for the Courts, Schools, Parents, Teens, and the Community)

Click on a title to go to the information sheet. All 12 items are also available as a single PDF file.

Credits and Usage

These Information and Resources Sheets are available free of charge. Although you may use these materials without obtaining NJEP’s prior permission, please share with us the ways you are using them  via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

*This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K043, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.