Teen Dating Violence: How Peers Can Affect Risk & Protective Factors

Reviews a multi-systematic framework that explains the influence of peer relationships on risk. This report examines research that answer three key questions: 1) do risky peer contexts increase the likelihood that teens will experience dating violence; 2) what roles do peers play in seeking help after teens experience violence; and 3) can group interventions or those focused on social contexts reduce the risk for teen dating violence. Findings support the conclusion that programs and policies aimed at preventing teen dating violence or promoting healthy teen relationships may be more effective if they take into consideration the potential ways that peers and peer contexts shape teens' experiences within close relationships.

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National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice