Released in 2013, the study surveyed more than 1,500 Hispanic 12- to 18-year-olds and their caregivers by phone, in either English or Spanish, between September 2011 and February 2012. But they also wanted to see how often Hispanic teens are victims of multiple types of dating violence, or dating violence that overlaps with other experiences of violence.
Nearly 1 in 5 of youth surveyed had been a victim of dating violence.
In general, research has found that many teens in violent relationships are unlikely to look for help, either from friends or family or from a professional.
When they do seek help, they are most likely to go to friends.
Although there is research on rates of crime and victimization related to teen dating violence, research that examines the problem from a longitudinal perspective and considers the dynamics and perceptions of teen romantic relationships is lacking.
Consequently, those in the field have to rely on an framework to examine the problem of teen dating violence.
Sabina and Cuevas, along with researcher Kristin A. Only about 15 percent of teen victims looked for help from school personnel, social services, police, the legal system, or a health care professional. “A Review of Teen Dating Violence Prevention Research: What About Hispanic Youth?
About 60 percent of teens mentioned the dating violence they experienced to a friend, parent, sibling, relative or neighbor—the vast majority of those mentions (42 percent of all respondents) were to friends. Three of the studies enrolled a majority of Hispanic teens, and only one of those followed long-term effects. The program in the long-term study, called Ending Violence, improved young people’s knowledge and attitudes about dating violence, but didn’t show lasting effects on teens’ rates of committing it or being victims. Finally, they will include recommendations for how to incorporate the findings into planning of programmatic activities and research agendas in the area of teen dating violence that will help to encourage future programs and efforts in the prevention of teen dating violence.Community Efforts There are many ways to help prevent dating violence among teens in the community, including: For more information on youth engagement, please visit: If you know a teen who is in an abusive relationship and needs immediate help or information about local resources, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); TTY 1-800-787-3224 for the hearing impaired.The researchers also found that few programs in the studies they reviewed promoted cultural pride or culturally based gender stereotypes, two approaches they suggest are essential to teen dating violence prevention among Hispanic youth.