By: Jeslyn Roseberry
Dating violence facts
- 1 in 5 high school girl students say that they were physically or even mentally abused .
- 20% percent of all girls who are killed are killed by there dating partner
- 58% of rape victims are raped from the ages of 12-24 years of age
- 1.5 million high school students say that they are physically abused by there dating partner in a year .
- Violent behavior usually begins between the ages of 12-24
- Only about 33% of teens told someone about there abusive relationship
- 1in 10 high school students has been profusely slapped or physically hurt by there boyfriend or girlfriend
- In comparison to married couples teenage couples are more likely to have an abusive relationship
- LGBT teen couples are more likely to have an abusive relationship then a heterosexual couple is
- Research says that teen boys are more violent then girls are because girls have no way of self defense.
- Physical. Any use of force that causes pain or injury, such as hitting, kicking or slapping.
- Sexual. Abuse can include sexual harassment, sexual assault or manipulating a person into having sex by using guilt or threats
- Emotional and/or verbal. Constant criticism, threatening to hurt loved ones or harassment at school or in the workplace
- Economic. Controlling a person’s income or financial assistance, misusing one’s credit or making it difficult for a person get or maintain a job
- Psychological. Minimizing or blaming a person for the abuse, intimidation and/or threats or destroying property
Causes of violence
- Stereotypes in the relationship
- Isolation from family and friends
- Lack of self esteem
- Control issues
- Physical behavior
Prevention of violence
- Call the police if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
- 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.
- Maintain a healthy, respectful romantic relationship as a model for your children and others.
- Refer your neighbor, co-worker, friend, or family member to a domestic violence outreach organization if you suspect he or she is being abused.
- 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
- . 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.
- Encourage your neighborhood watch or block association to watch for domestic violence as well as burglaries and other crimes.
- Donate to domestic violence counseling programs and shelters. Be especially vigilant about domestic violence during the stressful holiday season.