Maybe you struggle to find the right opportunity, or maybe you’re just scared and don’t know what to expect.It can be frustrating to finally gather the courage to call, only to have to answer a bunch of questions before getting the help you need.According to Love Is Respect.org, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.They also report that violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18, but only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
Teen Dating Violence (TDV), also known as Adolescent Relationship Abuse (ARA), can be defined as violence and/or abuse among two adolescents, ages 10-24 in a current, past and/or potential romantic relationship, including physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, economic, technological, and stalking, where there is an imbalance of power and a pattern of coercion over time.
In a nationwide survey, 9.8 percent of high school students report being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey.
According to the 2007 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, approximately 10 percent of adolescents nationwide reported being the victim of physical violence at the hands of a romantic partner during the previous year. The rate of psychological victimization is even higher: Between two and three in 10 reported being verbally or psychologically abused in the previous year, according to the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.As for perpetration rates, there are currently no nationwide estimates for who does the abusing, and state estimates vary significantly.
Remember that you have the right to a healthy relationship. You have done nothing wrong, and the abuse is not your fault. Talk to your parents, another family member, a friend, your physician, a counselor, a clergy person, or someone else you trust. You may need it as evidence if you have to take legal action. Do not let the abuser in your home or car when you are alone. The multi-racial, mixed gender MVP team is the first large-scale attempt to enlist high school, collegiate and professional athletes in the effort to prevent all forms of men's violence against women.
The longer you stay in an abusive relationship, the more intense the violence will become. If you remain isolated from family and friends, your abuser has more opportunity to control you. Many domestic violence programs offer services for teens. Avoid being alone at school, your job, or on the way to and from places. Utilizing a unique bystander approach to gender violence prevention, the MVP Program views student-athletes and student leaders not as potential perpetrators or victims, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers.