Singer Rihanna’s abuse by boyfriend Chris Brown is just one example as then 19-year-old Rihanna made her history of physical abuse at the hands of Chris Brown known to the world. In most cases it starts much earlier before it develops into full-fledged violence, and in some tragic instances, death.
A 16-year-old verbally abusing and emotionally controlling his girlfriend after class might make for a less dramatic mental image than our glamorous celebrity examples, but it doesn’t deserve our attention any less.
The 2013 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey found approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months* before they were surveyed. Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults in their lives, and the media. Risks of having unhealthy relationships increase for teens who: Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
Machismo is a predominant “traditional” belief in Latinx communities that women are inferior to men.
Machismo takes forms in various ways and often is culturally ingrained within Latinx communities.
February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. We all have images that spring to mind when we think of this kind of abuse, and more than likely none of them are teenagers.
A plethora of high-profile cases, like Ray Rice, have drawn plenty of attention to adult domestic abuse, but dating violence is also increasing in severity among younger age groups.
Statistics tell us that most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24.
What’s more, many victims of domestic violence report having been first abused between the ages of 11 and 17.
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