Domestic & Relationship Abuse

By:Caitlin Keeler

Dating Violence Facts

-Approximately 1.5 million teens report being hit on purpose by a partner.

- People who have suffered this have consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, and violent thoughts.

- 1 in 3 people have abusive relationships.

-25% of girls in high school in the U.S have suffered abuse.

-females between 16-24 are more likely to be abused.

-Abuse starts in relationships between 6th-12th.

- A few states don't consider violent relationships domestic abuse.

-50% of people in abusive relationships will attempt suicide.

-Only 1/3 of people in abusive relationships will tell soemone about it or get help.

-Teens usually don't seek help because they are scared of the outcome of what would happen after they do.

Warning Signs of Violence

-Partner loses temper easily.

-puts you down, makes you feel bad.

-extremely jealous of other guys/girls you talk to.

-you are quiet around your partner scared you will make them mad by what you say.

- You stop seeing your friends and family.

-there is unexplained injuries.

-says it's not a big deal when addressing violent behavior.

-you cancel plans a lot last minute.

- if your partner controls your behavior, what you wear, and your social life.

-(if you have a child) your child is upset a lot and quiet and won't say what's wrong.

Causes of Violence

-there is a sense of having a right to do something.

-belief you should be dominate over your partner.

-belief there will be no consequences to being violent.

-thinks that if you are abusive you get what you want.

-belief that they are the priority in the relationship.

-gets violent after doing drugs or drinking alcohol.

-your partner has anger management issues.

Treatment of Abuse

-Tell someone you trust.

-go to couples counseling.

-Leave them and move to a safe place.

Prevention of Violence

-Know the signs of violence to put a stop to it early.

-Ring the doorbell if you hear violence happening next door as a distraction.

-Bring back up, like another friend if you are too scared to talk to him/her alone.

-Or be the backup help your friend if you know they are being abused.

-make the call as soon as possible, call 911.

-Be on standby, get ready to make a getaway, gave your car full of gas, phone fully chartered to call 911.

-check in regularly to make sure nothing bad is happening to the person being abused.

-if someone tells you they're being abused believe them and get help for them.

-make an intervention call hotlines to seek help for the victim.

-Document, make sure you have records, dates, times, and proof of everything that has happened.