It’s worth noting that the study included physical, sexual, and psychological/emotional violence as possible forms of violence that teens could experience or commit in the course of a dating relationship.
Older studies didn’t always focus on the harm caused by emotional abuse or bullying.
Results indicated that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are at higher risk for all types of dating violence victimization (and nearly all types of dating violence perpetration), compared to heterosexual youth.
Teens in this community do not "date" in the traditional sense of the word.
It is crucial to debunk this myth and to understand that TDV is perpetrated in same-sex as well as heterosexual teen intimate partnerships.
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.
A total of 5,647 youth (51 % female, 74 % White) from 10 schools participated in a cross-sectional anonymous survey, of which 3,745 reported currently being in a dating relationship or having been in one during the prior year.