And stress and substance use can lead to dating violence.
We also know that a lot of kids who feel ashamed of their sexual orientation—if they’re dating someone, they’re less likely to seek help if you’re being abused, so you’ll see that abuse continue.
We found that females, ethnic minorities, and sexual minorities report higher rates of dating violence than males and heterosexual youth and white youth.
How much worse is it for someone who is female or a racial or ethnic minority or a sexual minority?
The biggest difference comes when you start looking at heterosexual youth compared to sexual minority youth.
Close to 25 percent, one in four, reported being physically abused by a dating partner in the past year, compared to 7.5 percent of heterosexual youth.
New Hampshire residents will now pay an additional for a marriage license. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Monday that will up the fee to in order to help fund prevention programs for domestic violence across the state.So I think this shows us that we need to first do what we know works for dating violence prevention in terms of education and bystander training and healthy communication and healthy sexuality, but I think this speaks to the fact that we also need to address school climate and homophobic teasing and we need to make kids who are sexual minorities feel safe in school.New Hampshire is starting an Automated Victim Information and Notification System, to keep crime victims aware of an offender's status via text messages, emails and phone calls.And some of the bigger findings in this study that you conducted (along with Angela Neal) is that nearly one in 10 New Hampshire teens (9.1 percent) reported being the victim of physical dating violence. Certainly what we found is that teens who were in more impoverished communities in New Hampshire had higher rates of dating violence, which is consistent with a number of other studies that have been conducted, both with youth and adults.And more than one in 10 New Hampshire teens reported being a victim of sexual dating violence. We actually found in New Hampshire what we’re seeing in other studies.