Dating violence stories 2016
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It turned out that almost nobody had to be excluded.
“So either that was just our experience,” she says, “or violent relationships are pretty normative.” The researchers enrolled 160 girls who reported being in a relationship with a violent male partner, and all of them agreed to send daily reports via cell phone, chronicling the ups and downs of their relationships.
For that project, also funded by the NIJ, she and coresearchers from Johns Hopkins University drove through the streets of Baltimore at night and recruited young women in abusive relationships.
There they laid out the case for more research involving the neighborhood and societal-level influences on that violence.“It says, ‘Have you done any of the following things: pushed, punched, slapped, or bit your dating or sexual partner?’” The study will help test the effectiveness of a technique called motivational interview intervention.“This is a nascent area of intervention research,” the authors wrote, “but one that has the potential to make contributions to how the field identifies more powerful solutions to violence prevention, which is now widely recognized as one of the most urgent public health priorities in the world.” Toward that end, the two researchers will soon begin a three-year project, funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), to find ways to ask questions of survivors and perpetrators that will better reveal instances of adolescent dating violence.The research will include input specifically from LGBTQ, Native American, black, and Latino youth.
“They would answer questions every single day,” says Bair-Merritt.