Dating Violence Intervention

  • Teen Dating Violence RED FLAGS

    • Shoves, slaps, chokes, hits, or uses weapons against me
    • Constantly checks up on me or makes me check in
    • Isolates me from my friends
    • Texts or calls me excessively
    • Has frequent mood swings: Is angry one minute and the next minute is sweet and apologetic
    • Puts me down, calls me names, or criticizes me
    • Breaks things or throws things to intimidate me
    • Yells, screams, or humiliates me in front of others
    • Threatens to hurt him/herself because of me
    • Makes me feel nervous or like I'm walking on eggshells
    • Forces me into proving my love or loyalty constantly
    • Pressures me into having sex

    If a teen answers "YES" to any of these questions, they may be in an abusive relationship. - Hope's Door

  • Why Focus on Young People?

    • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence – almost triple the national average.
    • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of these age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
    • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
    • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
  • Lack of Awareness

    • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
    • Eighty-one (81) percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
    • Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse.
    Source: Dating Abuse Statistics – www.loveisrespect.org
If they don’t RESPECT, APPRECIATE and VALUE you, then they don’t DESERVE you.