Hlavka says she felt that the results of the study, which will be published in the June issue of , were disturbing yet also not altogether surprising.
“The young women in the study experienced acts of harassment and abuse as a daily, common occurrence,” says Hlavka.
Long-term health effects for those in violent relationships include substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence. Hlavka, assistant professor of criminology and law studies at Marquette University, led the study that included Patricia’s experience.
Examples of stalking include repeated, uninvited visits to someone’s home, unwanted surveillance, consistent electronic communication, etc.
The effects of teen dating violence can be detrimental to a person’s physical and emotional well-being and ultimately lead to antisocial behaviors and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.
I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone.” This is how Patricia, 13, refers to boys in her school.
During an interview for a study on sexual assaults, she describes these unwelcomed touchings and grabbings as normal, commonplace behaviors.