Young Women in Danger
In Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger, Barrie Levy has assembled an important collection of writings on dating violence among adolescents living in the United States and Canada. Levy, a prevention specialist who has spent a great deal of time in schools educating adolescents on ways to think about, confront, and prevent physical and psychological abuse in dating relationships, has created an anthology that "represents current views from the authors' fields and a variety of perspectives" (p. 7). Seeking to reach out, understand, and assist a broad population of young women, particularly those in violent relationships, Levy defines dating violence "as a pattern of repeated, actual or threatened acts that physically, sexually, or verbally abuse a member of an unmarried heterosexual or homosexual couple in which one or both parties is between 13 and 20 years old" (p. 4). As a result, the thirty articles that fill the pages of the book provide a comprehensive discussion on dating violence. In section one, entitled "Teens and Parents Tell Their Stories," victims and survivors share their experiences through interviews and in personal written reflections. In section two, "The Context of Dating," researchers present various perspectives on the phenomenology of violence in dating relationships in general, and among adolescents in particular. In sections three and four, social workers and activists describe their work and experience in the field.
Because of its multidimensional perspective, Dating Violence: Young Women in Danger can and should engage a diverse readership — parents of adolescents, community and social workers, educators, and legal and law enforcement representatives.