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Virtual Displays: Dating Violence Awareness Month February 2022

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

What is Dating Violence?

Types of Domestic Violence (via Opposing Viewpoints: Domestic Violence)

  • Victim assistance agencies acknowledge many different forms of intimate partner violence, including physical, sexual, and emotional or psychological abuse. Physical abuse encompasses not only contact violence, but also verbal threats and other intimidating behaviors such as throwing objects and destroying possessions. Unwanted verbal, physical, and suggested sexual contact, including coercion, assault, and rape, within the confines of an intimate relationship are forms of sexual abuse. 
  • Teen dating violence, which is intimate partner violence among youth in close relationships, has emerged as a concern as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2018 about 9 percent of female and 7 percent of male high school students had been physically abused by an intimate partner in the previous year. Furthermore, a 2019 study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that 7 percent of 11- to 18-year-olds murdered in the United States between 2003 and 2016 were killed by former or current romantic partners. The average age of these intimate partner homicide victims was 16.8 years old, and 90 percent were girls.

If you are in crisis and need to speak with a counselor immediately please contact:

Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233)

OR text "START" to 88788

New Beginnings 24 Hour Crisis Line: (800) 226-7273 

Oasis Women's Shelter toll free: (800) 882-2873

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In the case of an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency room

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 A special thanks to Terri for helping us gather resources for this LibGuide!

  • Applying Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to Help Survivors of Dating Violence: A Pilot Study
    • by Stefanus Perangin-Angin, Sutarto Wijono, and Arianti Ina Restiani Hunga
    • Published in 2021
    • DOI: 
    • Research from National Commission on Elimination of Violence against Women found that dating violence was ranked second after domestic violence in terms of number of cases reported in 2018 in Indonesia. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was one of the consequences that dating violence survivors experienced. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) had been proven effective to treat PTSD in intimate partner violence survivors. However, there was no prior research publication investigating the effectiveness of CBT for dating violence survivors in Indonesia. This research aimed to apply CBT to help treating PTSD symptoms in women with dating violence experiences.


  •  Does change in perceptions of peer teen dating violence predict change in teen dating violence perpetration over time?
    • by Ryan C Shorey, Brian Wymbs, Liz Torres, Joseph R Cohen, Paula J Fite, and Jeff R Temple
    • Published in 2018
    • DOI: 10.1002/ab.21739
    • Research has previously demonstrated that perceptions of peer's teen dating violence (TDV) is associated with one's own perpetration of TDV, although little research has examined whether this relationship is consistent across developmental time periods (i.e., mid-to-late adolescence). The present study examined whether changes in perceptions of peer's TDV predicted change in one's own perpetration of TDV in a sample of ethnically diverse adolescents from ages 15 to 18. 


  •  The Role of Acceptance of Violence Beliefs and Social Information Processing on Dating Violence Perpetration.
    • by Fernández-González L., Calvete E, and Orue I
    • Published in 2019
    • DOI: 10.1111/jora.12414
    • This study's main objective was to explore whether beliefs legitimizing dating violence predict dysfunctional social information processing (SIP) when adolescents deal with ambiguous dating situations, and whether this more proximal cognitive processing acts as a mediator between acceptance of violence beliefs and dating violence perpetration. Participants were 855 high school students who completed self-report measures at three time points, with a 1-year interval between them. SIP did not act as a mediator, but the emergence of anger emotions in dating conflict situations, along with aggression-justifying beliefs, were revealed as essential in explaining dating violence. Previous aggression also explained a subsequent higher anticipation of positive consequences for aggressive acts. We discuss the implications for prevention and treatment strategies with adolescents.


  •  Understanding the Role of Technology in Adolescent Dating and Dating Violence
    • by Charlene K Baker and Patricia K Carreño
    • Published in 2016
    • DOI: 10.1007/s10826-015-0196-5
    • A significant part of an adolescent’s day includes the use of technology, such as cell phone calls, instant messaging, and posts to social networking sites. Although studies have documented the benefits of technology use, there are significant downsides as well. For example, recent studies have shown that adolescents use technology to harass and abuse others, including dating partners. However, questions remain on how technology use and dating violence intersect at different stages in the couple’s relationship and whether this intersection is different for boys and girls. This article begins to fill these gaps by presenting the findings from focus groups with 39 high school aged adolescents, all of whom had experienced a problematic relationship in the past year. Results showed that adolescents used technology to initiate and dissolve dating relationships, often with text messages or posts to social networking sites. Technology use also caused jealousy, and it was used to monitor and isolate partners from others. Gender differences in the use of technology are highlighted. Finally, recommendations for prevention programs for adolescents and parents are discussed.

Local resources: 


non-residential/non-shelter services 270-685-5271 

residential shelter 270-685-0260 

toll free 800-882-2873 


State resource: 

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence



National resources

Love Is Respect 

866-331-9474 or text LOVEIS to 22522 - National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (up through age 18)   


National Domestic Violence Hotline 

1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or text START to 88788 


The White House's Proclamation on National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2022

Published on January 31, 2022