Domestic & Relationship Abuse
Dating Violence Facts
- Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
- Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.
- 1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.
- 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
- In the U.S., 25% of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually.
- Females between the ages of 16 and 24 are roughly 3 times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner.
- 8 States in the U.S. do not consider a violent dating relationship domestic abuse. Therefore, adolescents, teens, and 20-somethings are unable to apply for a restraining order for protection from the abuser.
- Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72% of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating.”
- 50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide.
- Only 1/3 of the teens who were involved in an abusive relationship confided in someone about the violence.
When is it Time to Leave ?
- Accuse you of cheating and being disloyal.
- Make you feel worthless.
- Hurt you by hitting, choking or kicking you.
- Intimidate and threaten to hurt you or someone you love.
- Threaten to hurt themselves if they don’t get what they want.
- Try to control what you do and who you see.
- Isolate you.
- Pressure or force you into unwanted sex.
- Control your access to money.
- Stalk you, including calling you constantly or following you.
Causes of Domestic Violence.
provocation by the intimate partner
economic hardship, such as prolonged unemployment
- Talk to someone you trust like a parent, teacher, school principal, counselor, or nurse.
- keep a charged cell phone in his or her possession at all times.
- maintaining active peace, protective, or restraining order.
- keeping a copy of the order at all times.