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Dating violence experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth

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In a study published in September 2013, researchers at the Urban Institute examine physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber dating violence experiences among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth – as compared to those of heterosexual youth. They also explore variations in the likelihood of help-seeking behavior and the presence of particular risk factors among both types of dating violence victims. 

As with all research, this study is subject to limitations related to its design, sample and measurement. Despite the study’s limitations, the findings can contribute to a better understanding of the extent of dating violence and abuse experiences among LGB youth. The findings further support the need for prevention and intervention efforts designed to address the needs, resources and social context of LGB youth and transgender victims of dating violence.

The full study can be found here.