Dating violence against boys
The lines of the debate tend to fall between two basic polemics.
Advocates of battered women argue that proponents of female-perpetrated IPV are part of an anti-feminist backlash, and are attempting to undermine the problem of male-perpetrated IPV by championing the cause of the battered man over the much more serious cause of the battered woman.
Partnership Against Domestic Violence is an organization based in Atlanta that educates young people about healthy relationships.
They held a summit in March for Atlanta’s youth to talk about dating violence.
The program supports projects that create public education campaigns and community organizing to encourage men and boys to work as allies with women and girls to prevent violence.
As the national technical assistance provider for the program, FUTURES is proud to provide resources and guidance to the grantees across the country doing groundbreaking work in their communities to engage men in the prevention of violence against women.
The prevalence and frequency of IPV against men is highly disputed, with different studies showing different conclusions for different nations, and many countries having no data at all.
Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.
Teens experiencing dating violence usually tell no one. One study found that only 6% of girls and 11% of boys told anyone about the abuse that they experienced (O'Keefe and Treister, 1998).
Middle school, high school, and college age women experience a higher rate of rape than any other group.
I got to chat with some teenage boys — who happen to be black – about what they learned and hope to learn. Share your experience or feedback by emailing [email protected]
Men and boys play a critical role in helping to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.