Physical abuse is dangerous but psychological abuse is deeply-rooted.
Somebody who could guide me back to myself, my voice, and my truth.
But I chose to keep my secret hidden, I chose to protect the people I loved, I chose to find my own way. I found my voice and rebuilt my foundation on self-acceptance and self-love.
The Department of Justice reports that women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at the greatest risk of becoming domestic violence victims.
According to Breakthe Cycle.org, violent relationships during adolescence put the survivors at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
It was easier to stay and suffer in private than to try to leave and be humiliated in public.
I was stuck in a psychological trap and didn't know where to turn, nobody could help me. Nobody knew I had been punched so hard I was almost knocked out.Building off a long history of research in the area of intimate partner violence, NIJ is now looking to relationships during adolescence to understand the factors that put individuals at risk for involvement in abusive romantic relationships as adults.This effort began with a series of workshops in 20 that culminated in the development and coordination of a federal interagency workgroup. NIJ has also funded research examining the nature, characteristics and extent of dating violence; risk and protective factors; long-term and short-term outcomes; and systematic evaluations of teen dating violence prevention and intervention programs, policies and legislation.According to Loveis Respect.org, a teen’s confusion about the law and their concerns about confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping them from seeking help if they’re in an abusive relationship.That’s why it’s important for parents to be aware of the relationships their children are in.Anna Marjavi, program manager with Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit aimed at advocacy to end violence against women, says that parents should start having conversations with their teens as early as middle school about what healthy relationships look like. There may be classroom curriculum about it [dating violence], but it’s great when parents can start the conversation.” Marjavi says, if parents spot their teen experiencing what they think could be an unhealthy or even abusive relationship, they need to talk to the teen immediately and express “concern and unwavering love.