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The Rate of Cyber Dating Abuse among Teens and How It Relates to Other Forms of Teen Dating Violence (Research Report)
Janine M. Zweig, Meredith Dank, Jennifer Yahner, Pamela Lachman

Just over a quarter of youth in a current or recent relationship experience cyber dating abuse victimization, with girls more likely to experience abuse than boys. Victims of sexually-oriented cyber abuse are seven times more likely to experience sexual coercion. These and other findings from a survey of 5,647 youth in three northeastern states shed new light on how technology is used to perpetrate abuse and sexual violence among youth, as well as implications for prevention and intervention.

Posted to Web: February 20, 2013Publication Date: February 19, 2013

Teen Dating Abuse and Harassment in the Digital World: Implications for Prevention and Intervention (Research Brief)
Janine M. Zweig, Meredith Dank

One in four dating teens is abused or harassed online or through texts by their partners, according to the largest survey to date on the subject. Social networking sites, texts, cell phones, and e-mails haven’t pushed abuse rates up, but they have given abusers another way to control, degrade, and frighten their partners, even when apart. Digital harassment also warns of a deeper pattern of abuse offline. Victims are 2 times as likely to be physically abused, 2.5 times as likely to be psychologically abused, and 5 times as likely to be sexually coerced.

Posted to Web: February 20, 2013Publication Date: February 19, 2013

New Urban Institute Study Finds More Than a Quarter of Teens in a Relationship Report Being Digitally Abused (Research Report)
Urban Institute

The Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center on Wednesday released a new 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. The findings, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, are based on a survey of 5,647 dating middle-school and high-school students, making it the most comprehensive study of its kind to date.

Posted to Web: February 20, 2013Publication Date: February 20, 2013

The Urban Institute's Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development: Understanding How Place Matters for Kids (Research Report)
Susan J. Popkin, Gregory Acs, Robin E. Smith

A central goal of U.S. social welfare policy is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential as productive adults. Yet it is increasingly clear that where children live plays a central role in determining their life chances. This paper provides an overview of The Urban Institute's Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development, which is dedicated to understanding the relationships between neighborhood-level factors and the well-being and development of children and youth and identifying and evaluating place-based, community-wide strategies to help children grow up to reach their full potential as adults.

Posted to Web: November 04, 2009Publication Date: October 01, 2009

Alcohol Outlets as Attractors of Violence and Disorder: A Closer Look at the Neighborhood Environment (Research Report)
Caterina Gouvis Roman, Shannon Reid, Avi Bhati, Bogdan Tereshchenko

This report investigates the relationship between alcohol availability, type of alcohol establishment, distribution policies and violence and disorder at the block group level in the District of Columbia. We test whether density of alcohol outlets influences: (1) aggravated assault incidents, (2) calls for service for social "disorder" offenses, and (3) calls for service for a domestic incident, and examine variation in outcomes by time of day/day of week. Spatial econometric regression models are estimated using an information theoretic approach. The findings indicate that on-premise outlets, but not off-premise outlets are a significant predictor of aggravated assault.

Posted to Web: May 07, 2008Publication Date: April 28, 2008

Final Report on the Evaluation of the Judicial Oversight Demonstration (Research Report)
Adele V. Harrell, Lisa C. Newmark, Christy Visher, Jennifer Yahner

The Judicial Oversight Demonstration (JOD) was designed to test the feasibility and impact of a coordinated community response to intimate partner violence (IPV) that placed the courts and justice agencies in a central role. The Urban Institute conducted a detailed process and impact evaluation in three sites. The demonstration received mostly positive responses from justice system agencies, service providers, offenders, and victims. However, reductions in repeat violence did not occur in all sites. The mixed results indicate that the most effective justice system responses to IPV must include a focus on protecting victims, close monitoring of offenders, and rapid responses with penalties when violation of court-ordered conditions are detected.

Posted to Web: July 17, 2007Publication Date: July 17, 2007

Something Borrowed, Something (Black and) Blue (Commentary)
Laudan Y. Aron

In this commentary, senior research associate Laudan Aron explores the dark side of a booming business -- matching American men with foreign women -- and what should be done to protect "mail-order brides."

Posted to Web: July 25, 2006Publication Date: July 25, 2006

It's a Crime What We Don't Know About Crime (Commentary)
John Roman

John Roman, a senior research associate in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, explores the challenges interpreting increases in the FBI's crime statistics for 2005.

Posted to Web: July 10, 2006Publication Date: July 10, 2006

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