1st Student's Major

Gender and Women's Studies

1st Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students' Professional Biography

Antoinette Wall grew up in St. Louis, MO. She received her Associates in Arts from Meramec Community College. To finish her Bachelor‟s Degree, Antoinette came to Mankato in 2006. She majored in Women‟s Studies and graduated Cum Laude and with departmental honors in May 2009. During her time at Mankato, she was a part of the Women‟s Studies club from 2007 to 2009. She took the meeting minutes and was co-president for her last year at Mankato. Antoinette plans to take a year off before she returns to graduate school to work on her Master‟s degree. During that year, Antoinette plans on working in the field of violence against women, however if she cannot find a job right away doing that she plans to volunteer her time at any agency that helps women. Antoinette chose the topic of adolescent relationship violence because it is an issue close to her heart. Ever since she chose to major in Women‟s Studies, Antoinette has wanted to work with survivors of domestic abuse. She believes that the acceptance of violence in relationships can start at a young age, which is why she focused on adolescents. She hopes her research will help build on the existing literature so preventative steps can be taken sooner.

Mentor's Name

Barbara Keating

Mentor's Email Address


Mentor's Department

Sociology and Corrections

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences


The term domestic violence usually elicits a picture of an adult relationship where the man batters a woman. This picture is an accurate picture, but there are other individuals who are affected by domestic violence. Couple from all socioeconomic backgrounds, including homosexual and adolescent couples can face domestic violence situations. Research on adolescent relationship violence is fairly recent. Adolescents seem to be a population missed by general society when it comes to being involved in relationship violence. This paper strives to examine risk factors such as self-esteem, rigid sex-role ideas, parents‟ in violent relationships, and friends who are in violent relationships that could predispose adolescents to become either perpetrators or victims of relationship violence.

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