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Dating Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships

In a study of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents, youths involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as youths involved in opposite sex dating.1

Multicolor artwork resembling a rainbowAbuse happens in all kinds of dating relationships, including between same-sex partners. Same-sex relationships can include all the same types of abuse (emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical violence) that heterosexual relationships do, but there are some unique challenges, including:

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  1. Young ML, Waller MW, Martin SL, Kupper LL. “Prevalence of Partner Violence in Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships in a National Sample of Adolescent.” Journal of Adolescent Health, Vol. 35, Issue 2 (124-131). August 2004.