Real stories of dating abuse and violence
Fearing for her family’s safety, she ran away from home and was unable to attend school, so she eventually found herself in juvenile hall. This experience has made her a passionate advocate for safe houses for teenage survivors.“I feel that there’s a gap that needs to be filled …“A lot of the time people think that we’re young, and so it [the domestic violence] can’t be that bad,” she said.However, the shocking truth is that 23 percent of women who experience some form of partner violence in their lifetime report that the violence first occurred when they were between 11 and 17 years of age, according to the 2011 Center for Disease Control nationwide survey.“Because of how I acted out and because of how it looked, I was looked at as a lost cause [by teachers],” she said.“Nobody cared enough to know what was wrong with me.” Sad or agitated behavior after receiving a text or using social media Be aware that abusers can control and manipulate their partners from afar by using social media.
It can be a red flag when a sociable teenager with many friends and interests suddenly starts distancing themselves from friends and family to spend time with a boyfriend/girlfriend.
They can also use smartphones to send threatening text messages or find out their location.
EDUCATING TEENAGERS ABOUT TEEN DATING VIOLENCE Model healthy relationships for teenagers Many teenagers, especially young women, grow up with an unrealistic view of romance and relationships because they only know what they’ve seen in movies or on TV.
Teenage abusers use the same methods to control and manipulate their partners, and teenage survivors feel the same anguish and fear as adult women.
The abuse Segovia experienced at the hands of her 17-year-old boyfriend followed a trajectory that adult survivors will find familiar: it started off with verbal abuse. You look like a slut.’ And then it escalated from there,” she said.