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Dating violence during adolescence not only takes a physical and emotional toll on young women, it also lead to less education and lower earnings later in life, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by Adrienne Adams, Megan Greeson, Angie Kennedy, and Rich Tolman.

The research team analyzed survey data of about 500 single mothers who were, on average, 32 years old and earned less than $7,000 per year. Those who had been victimized by dating partners as adolescents obtained significantly less education. Each additional year of education was associated with an extra $855 in earnings. The findings reinforce the need for programs and efforts to support victims’ education and career development throughout their lives.

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MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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