Girls Making History – Domestic Violence and Abuse in Teenage Relationships
Violence against women and girls remains a national crisis. In 2009 the NSPCC published a ground breaking report which, for the first time, documented teenage partner violence in the UK context. The study reported significant numbers of both young men and women perpetrating violent behaviours in their intimate relationships. Young women were shown to be experiencing violence more frequently and conveyed a significantly higher degree of negative impacts on their wellbeing than their male counterparts, with three-quarters of young women reporting experiencing emotional violence, one third reporting sexual violence and one quarter reporting physical violence. There was little distinction between young people aged under sixteen and those over sixteen in their reported experiences of partner violence
This 32 page report highlights many concerns for young girls going into relationships. It brings valuable information on things to be aware of.
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