Prevalence of dating violence
In situations of dating violence, one partner tries to exert power and control over the other partner through physical abuse or sexual assault.
Emotional abuse is commonly present alongside physical abuse or sexual abuse that takes place.
Part of this may be because of the way teenagers see themselves and because of their newness to dating.
Chapter two discusses the importance of considering education professionals’ perspectives in the dating violence analysis, assessing their level of knowledge, training and practices on dealing with dating violence incidents.
Additionally, the authors address the phenomenon of violence in young people’s intimate relationships and its close connection to a particular form of crime, known as cyberstalking, which has gained exposure and social visibility in the context of dating violence.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence.
However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends.
Dating Violence in Schools: Prevention and Responses through the Perspective of Education Professionals (Sónia Caridade, Permanent Observatory Violence and Crime (OPVC), Behaviour and Social Sciences Research Center (FP-B2S), University Fernando Pessoa (UFP), Porto, Portugal) Chapter 3.