The Family Conservancy works to help troubled teens, including those who are involved in dating violence — thanks to generous donations.
The mother of 17-year-old Katie called The Family Conservancy after noticing signs of abuse on her daughter, including unexplained bruises. At the same time, Katie became withdrawn and had hostile interactions with her family.
Although Katie acknowledged her boyfriend was hurting her, she was not receptive to counseling. She eventually stopped attending therapy sessions.
Several months later, her mother called and reported Katie had been hospitalized briefly for a severe beating. She said Katie wanted to return to counseling.
When Katie returned, she told her counselor that in the past a severe beating wouldn’t have been enough to make her end the relationship. Thanks to therapy and the support of her family, she chose to break up with her boyfriend.
Katie is now planning ways to help other girls get involved in preventing dating violence. She said her experience helped her to understand how important it is to provide help and support to dating violence victims.
Statistics reveal high level of dating violence , according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse. About one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. Here are some other startling facts about teen violence:
Each year, approximately one in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.
Dating violence among their peers is reported by 54 percent of high school students.
One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by his or her partner through violent actions which included hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, and/or choking.
Eighty percent of teens believe verbal abuse is a serious issue for their age group.
Nearly 80 percent of girls who have been victims of physical abuse in their dating relationships continue to date the abuser.
Nearly 20 percent of teen girls who have been in a relationship said that their boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm in the event of a break-up.
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