Journal Article

In the Name of Love: Partner Abuse and Violence in Teenage Relationships

Christine Barter

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 39, issue 2, pages 211-233
Published in print March 2009 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online November 2007 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
In the Name of Love: Partner Abuse and Violence in Teenage Relationships

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This article provides a critical assessment of our understanding of partner abuse and violence in teenage relationships. Initially, an overview is provided of theoretical and methodological issues in this area, examining how these dominant trends have influenced perceptions of this problem. In contrast, a more encompassing approach, incorporating gendered power relations, teenagers’ own experiences and an acknowledgement of young people’s agency, is suggested. Incidence rates for different forms of teenage partner abuse and violence are discussed. The importance of understanding the context in which such violence occurs, and the meaning it holds for young people, are highlighted. Young people’s responses are explored and a range of risk factors associated with this form of violence evaluated. In conclusion, messages for policy and practice development are raised.

Keywords: teenage partner abuse; dating violence; theory; child welfare

Journal Article.  10640 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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