News articles on dating abuse
Visit the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board site on teen dating violence.
Call the Michigan Family Violence Prevention Helpline at 800-996-6228. “They are always asking the question ‘Why did she stay? 21 or 22 of multiple stab wounds believed to have been inflicted by her former boyfriend, Nicholas Jackson, an 18-year-old who had badly beaten her less than three months before her death.
Date rape accounts for almost 70 percent of the sexual assaults reported by adolescent and college-age women; 38 percent of those women are between 14 and 17 years old.
Of those, more than half of the victims said they were also physically abused.
Adults Are Doing It, Too It’s not surprising to Cameka Crawford, chief communications officer at The National Domestic Violence Hotline, to hear that teen abusers are increasingly using technology to harass their partners, considering the same is true among adult abusers.
“It’s about one person trying to have power and control over their partner,” Crawford says.
“So, yes, some of the behaviors we see in adult relationships, we see in youngsters as well.” When it comes to technology, controlling behaviors include: Crawford says that stopping the cycle means parents and educators need to take the lead.
Nearly 75 percent of girls have reported some sort of emotional partner violence. A pattern of abusive behavior that someone uses against a partner. It can involve insults, isolation from friends and family and controlling what someone wears or with whom they socialize. Teenagers typically have little experience with relationships, they can be under pressure from their peers to act cool and have “romantic” views of love. Sources: United Kingdom’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board Isolation, a teen is no longer spending time with usual friends Constant phone checking; mass texts or calls Fewer male or female friends on Facebook Less bubbly or engaged; acting withdrawn or quieter than normal Being angry or irritable when asked about how things are Changes in appearance or style Changes in activities Making excuses for a boyfriend or girlfriend Physical signs of injury, such as unexplained bruises Missing school or failing grades Self harm Shows extreme jealousy Displays controlling behavior Monitors calls and emails Believes in rigid gender roles Blames others for problems or feelings Makes threats Sources: Aware Inc.