Teen Dating Violence: What

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According to the CDC, Teen Dating Violence is the physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, or verbal abuse within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. Teen dating violence can occur in person, online, on the phone, or via text messaging or email.

Teen Dating Violence: A/K/A

Other labels for teen dating violence include: Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Dating Abuse, Relationship Abuse, Relationship Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

Teen Dating Violence: Where

Teen Dating Violence can occur anywhere: through social media websites, via SMS messaging or email, by phone, or in person. When abuse occurs in person it can happen at school, at your job, or in public. Although you might think that it's safest to just stay at home, that is actually the most common place for somebody to be abused.

Remember: just because a teenager is at home that does not mean that they are safe from teen dating violence.

Teen Dating Violence: Who

Teen dating violence may occur between somebody that you are currently dating or somebody that you used to date. Teen dating violence can be between people of different genders, or the same gender. Teen dating violence can happen to anybody. Males and females can be abused or can be the abusers. So can poor people, rich people, short people, tall people, two-eyed people, and three-eyed people. Teen dating violence believes in equal opportunity and can affect anybody.

Teen dating violence probably is more common that you realize. Here are some important statistics about teen dating violence.

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The Hollywood Reporter - Video Games Against Violence; How One Nonprofit is Creating Change

Video Games Against Violence: How One Nonprofit Is Creating Change

There are games about consent, abuse prevention, healthy relationships and more. Finalist entries are judged by a group of critics, developers and other gaming professionals, along with those engaged on the side of domestic violence and psychology. The contest’s only rule is that none of the games can have any on-screen depiction of violence. “We’ve seen tower defense games, art games, walking simulator type games, trivia games — most common are RPG,” says Crecente, explaining that the narrative format fits well with the topic.
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Games shine light on Teen Dating Violence

The sixth annual Life. Love. Game Design Challenge, aimed at increasing awareness of teen dating violence, has announced its winning entries. Overall winner is Love in the Dumpster by Jean Hehn of Belgium, followed by Janie's Sketchbook by Guts Rodsavas and Piti Yindee of GPTouch in Thailand. In third place is YourSpace by Paul McGee, Sam Gross, Lyndsey Moulds, Ross McWilliam and Kayfaraday in Ireland followed by What Kind of Monster is your Boyfriend? by 99Uno in Argentina.
Read the full article at Polygon

A Spark for Games to Stop Teen Dating Violence

Earlier this year it was announced that for work done by Games for Health Project co-founder, Ben Sawyer, in serious games and games for health that he will be a SxSW Dewey Award Winner. The award is given to 10 people each year by SxSW Interactive as a memory to one of the original organizers of the event, Dewey Winburne. It is used to honor people who have used technology to try and improve the lives of others. As part of the award which he will receive on Sunday March 10 in Austin SxSW is donating $1000.00 to the charity of his choice. The decision is to donate the funds to Jennifer Ann’s Group.
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The use of Technology in Abusive Relationships

According to a 2009 study by the CDC, 10% of teens report having been physically abused within the past year by a dating partner. By the time students have graduated from college 44% of them will have been in an abusive relationship.

Technology is often leveraged against people in abusive relationships and because teenagers and college students are heavy users of technology they are disproportionately affected by these abusive practices. According to a 2007 study 67% of teens own cell phones, 93% use the internet, and nearly half visit social networking sites daily . . .