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Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences on a developing young person.
Young people who have experienced relationship violence are more likely to;

  1. have higher rates of depression and anxiety
  2. engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using drugs and alcohol
  3. exhibit antisocial behaviors, like lying, theft, bullying, or fighting
  4. engage in risky sexual behavior
  5. have decreased academic achievement
  6. think about suicide

Their first love experiences are what they take with them into adulthood.

LBGTQ youth are at a greater risk of relationship abuse. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens are at greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual peers. Transgender young people are especially vulnerable. In one study:

  1. 43% of LBGTQ teens reported experiencing physical dating violence, compared to 29% of heterosexual youth
  2. 59% of LGBTQ teens reported emotional abuse, compared to 46% of heterosexual youth
  3. 37% reported digital abuse and harassment, compared to 26% of heterosexual youth
  4. 23% reported sexual coercion, compared to 12% of heterosexual youth.¹

Many LBGTQ youth do not always experience safety in predominantly heterosexual and cisgender support environments – and their unique needs are sometimes overlooked. It is especially important to connect to counselors who are trained in issues relevant to LGBTQ+ mental health and best practices for Transgender and Non-Binary clients.

Dank, M, Lachman, P, Yahner, J and Zweif, JM. (2013) Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth. Washington, DC: Urban Institute.