Domestic & Relationship Abuse

Jacee Hamlin

Dating Violence Facts

  1. 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.
  2. Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.
  3. 1 in 3 young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.
  4. 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.
  5. In the U.S., 25% of high school girls have been abused physically or sexually.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Violent behavior often begins between 6th and 12th grade. 72% of 13 and 14-year-olds are “dating.”
  9. 50% of young people who experience rape or physical or sexual abuse will attempt to commit suicide.
  10. 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 ?

Warning Signs

  1. Accuse you of cheating and being disloyal.
  2. Make you feel worthless.
  3. Hurt you by hitting, choking or kicking you.
  4. Intimidate and threaten to hurt you or someone you love.
  5. Threaten to hurt themselves if they don’t get what they want.
  6. Try to control what you do and who you see.
  7. Isolate you.
  8. Pressure or force you into unwanted sex.
  9. Control your access to money.
  10. Stalk you, including calling you constantly or following you.

Causes of Domestic Violence.

  • stress

  • provocation by the intimate partner

  • economic hardship, such as prolonged unemployment

  • depression

  • desperation

  • jealousy

  • anger

Treatment

  • 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.

Prevention of Violence

  • 1. Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
  • 2. Speak out publicly against domestic violence. For example, if you hear a joke about beating your spouse, let that person know you aren't ok with that kind of humor.
  • 3. Maintain a healthy, respectful romantic relationship as a model for your children and others.
  • 4. Refer your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member to domestic violence outreach organization if you suspect he or she is being abused.
  • 5. Consider reaching out to your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member that you believe is being abusive by talking to him or her about your concerns.
  • 6. Educate others on domestic violence by inviting a speaker from your local domestic violence organization to present at your religious or professional organization, civic or volunteer group, workplace, or school.
  • 7. Encourage your neighborhood watch or block association to watch for domestic violence as well as burglaries and other crimes.
  • 8. Donate to domestic violence counseling programs and shelters.
  • 9. Be especially vigilant about domestic violence during the stressful holiday