Dating or violence

about 10 percent of high school students reported experiencing physical or sexual dating violence.

Unfortunately, most studies of IPV in the LGBTQ community focus exclusively on adults, and most studies of teen dating violence fail to take into account respondents’ sexual orientation or gender identity.

The site offers fact sheets, information, and resources about teen dating abuse to help teens, their parents and friends understand more about this growing problem.

It occurs in both heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships. If you have been the victim of dating or domestic violence, you are not alone. Please see the links to the right for resources and for more information about dating and domestic violence The behaviors associated with relationship abuse all stem from one person's use of power and control over another.

While it is important to remember that we all have different cultural practices, beliefs, and experiences that shape our view of what intimate relationships look like, everyone deserves to feel safe and respected. The Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, Minn., developed a tool called the the power and control wheel [PDF] that illustrates these relationships.

The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund was created by her parents.

It's mission is to promote dynamic educational programs, particularly those in the areas of the development of healthy teen relationships, the arts and community service.

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