At the Garden of Hope in Taiwan, for International Women’s Day, we held a press conference on dating violence. It has been a year since the Taiwanese government amended DV law to include intimate partner violence as a form of domestic violence. But awareness about the amendment is still pretty low especially among teenagers.
From analyzing our service cases, we found four particular features existing in teenage intimate violence:
1. Male and female students as perpetrators are half and half. Both sexes share quite equal rate.
2. The sexuality of the perpetrators are quite diverse and flux. Especially for LGBT students, they found it very difficult for them to ask for help.
3. Government doesn’t provide enough fund and resource in preventing teenage intimate violence. Nor did schools.
4. Taiwanese parents mostly do not communicate with children regarding to their intimate relationship.