According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lesbians and gay men experience equal or higher levels of intimate partner violence (IPV) as heterosexuals, with bisexual women suffering much higher rates of IPV in comparison to lesbians, gay men and heterosexual women.
about 10 percent of high school students reported experiencing physical or sexual dating violence.
Studies of teen dating violence have found, for example, that youth who experience parental violence are more likely to report violence within their own teen dating relationships.
Dating violence during adolescence is generally accepted to be a precursor to domestic or intimate partner violence in adulthood.
Ashley shared her story of how she got into a relationship with a boy in seventh grade and it ended up almost killing her.
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 limited data available on LGBTQ teen dating violence, however, is cause for concern.
showed significantly higher rates of dating violence among LGB youth than among non-LGB youth.
While 29 percent of heterosexual youth surveyed reported being physically abused by dating partners, for example, 42.8 percent of LGB youth reported the same.
It seemed innocent at first, but Ashley said he became very controlling.