While most materials in this collection focus on TDV prevention and response to young people in high schools, we acknowledge that TDV prevention also includes outreach to younger teens in middle schools and older college students, as well as youth who are not represented in our system of education (runaways, homeless youth, etc.).
Broadly defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.
Although the dynamics of TDV are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of TDV as well as the challenges in seeking and providing services make the problem of TDV unique.
TDV occurs in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and digital, and the experience of TDV may have both immediate and long term effects on young people.
The first section of this special collection provides general information about teen dating violence.
The next six sections include TDV information related to: 1) young people, 2) parents and care takers, 3) men and boys, 4) teachers and school-based professionals, 5) health care professionals, 6) pregnancy prevention programs, and 7) domestic violence and sexual violence service providers.
The final section presents documents on TDV-related laws and legislation.
The special collection concludes with examples of national programs that address TDV and a list of national and statewide organizations and programs.
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This special collection emphasizes collaborative and multi-level approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence (TDV).
It draws on the work of many organizations and organizes the resources on TDV prevention and responses by different populations.