Female perpetration of dating violence on the rise

For the past year, we’ve been seeing a lot of studies and heard  anecdotal claims of females more commonly being the perpetrators of dating violence. This is highly concerning since much off the current focus has been on curbing male perpetration of violence. While these new studies have informed our focus and development, we’ve taken them with a grain of salt since the studies primarily relied on self-reporting or self-disclosure from youth. However, recent local crime stats are confirming what the conclusions drawn from the national studies. See this article from the Gainesville Sun about the rise in female perpetrated crimes.

Given this developing trend, how can we address violence against women AND by women without reinforcing stereotypes or creating new, unhealthy ones? How can we use this as an opportunity for growth? Where’s do you see the silver lining?

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