Dating violence against boys
Promoting non-violent attitudes among teen boys toward girls is recognized as a critical step to reduce the incidence of violence in these relationships.“Coaching Boys into Men” (CBIM) is a high school athletics-based program that seeks to reduce dating violence by engaging athletic coaches as positive role models to deliver violence-prevention messages to young male athletes.The "Duluth Model" is the approach most widely used for perpetrator treatment--but it gender polarizes the "people problem" of domestic violence.. Washington, Mar 26 : The ability of male high school athletes to recognize and stop dating violence is improved with the intervention of some of the most important role models in young men’s lives – their coaches, a new study has found.
While findings of teen dating violence rates based on gender remain inconsistent, research suggests that girls seem to suffer disproportionately from severe violence in relationships (i.e., physical and sexual assault).
“The high school male athletes whose coaches delivered this easy-to-implement program reported more positive bystander behaviours, meaning that these boys were more likely to say or do something to stop disrespectful and harmful behaviours towards girls which they witnessed among their male peers,” Elizabeth Miller, a member of the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, said.
“Previous violence-prevention efforts have not generally included coaches as partners, yet coaches can be such important role models for their athletes.
Rates of violence and abuse are similar for teens in same-sex relationships, according to data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Almost a quarter of youth between the ages of 12 and 21 years in same-sex romantic or sexual relationships reported some type of partner violence victimization in the previous eighteen months, and a tenth reported experiencing physical violence by a dating partner.
The more we talk about it, the more we tell our stories, the more we increase public awareness that men are battered and encourage battered men to get the help they need.