Heterosexual Dating Violence and Social Gender Relations: Voices of Young Portuguese Girls

  • Sofia Neves
  • Joana Torres


This chapter aims to characterize dating violence and social gender relations through voices of young Portuguese girls. Considering that heterosexual dating violence is a widespread phenomenon in Portugal and Portuguese girls are generally described as both victims and offenders, a critical approach was developed to discuss how gender (re)constructs and (re)defines social practices and narratives about juvenile intimate partner violence. Using a focus-group method, we questioned 107 young Portuguese girls, aged between 11 and 17 years old (M = 13.38), about youth social relationships and intimate partner relationships among young people. Thirteen focus groups were conducted. The data was examined through thematic analysis. The results confirm that dating violence is present in teens’ lives, and is suffered and perpetrated by both girls and boys. Gender specificities are addressed concerning practices, attitudes and motives, with girls admitting to using violence towards boys as a right achieved by gender equality.


Dating Violence Gender Girls Portugal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sofia Neves
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joana Torres
    • 3
  1. 1.Instituto Universitário da Maia (ISMAI)MaiaPortugal
  2. 2.Centro Interdisciplinar de Estudos de Género (CIEG/ISCSP)LisbonPortugal
  3. 3.Universidade do PortoOportoPortugal

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