Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth

Abstract

Media attention and the literature on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth overwhelmingly focus on violence involving hate crimes and bullying, while ignoring the fact that vulnerable youth also may be at increased risk of violence in their dating relationships. In this study, we examine physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber dating violence experiences among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth-as compared to those of heterosexual youth, and we explore variations in the likelihood of help-seeking behavior and the presence of particular risk factors among both types of dating violence victims.

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