LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence: Glossary

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February 10, 2016

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

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In court, young persons may identify themselves in an unanticipated way. It is respectful for the court to honor whatever identities the young people who come before the court may have, and the court’s acceptance of the way in which they choose to speak about themselves will promote greater compliance in the courtroom and with court orders.

Because there is such variance in identity and self-expression, we have provided a limited glossary here, adapted from the University of California Riverside LGBT Resource Center and the University of Wisconsin-Madison LGBT Campus Center. We invite you to refer to both universities’ glossaries for a more complete set of terms that young people might use to identify themselves in your court.

View our Resource on LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence


  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls


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  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Teen Dating Violence



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