LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence

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February 2016
  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Resource for Women and Advocates
  • Publication

This sheet is part of our collection of eleven Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Sheets.

View our complete set of TDV Information and Resources Sheets

There exists a myth that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth do not experience teen dating violence (TDV) in the same way as heterosexual teens. This widespread belief, based in “the cultural assumption of gender,” is known as the “myth of mutual abuse.” The myth of mutual abuse perpetuates the idea that “violence in gay intimate partnerships is a mutual abuse or combat.” This myth is harmful because it erases the experiences of LGBTQ TDV victims. It is crucial to debunk this myth and to understand that TDV is perpetrated in same-sex as well as heterosexual teen intimate partnerships.

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