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Domestic Violence in Teen Relationships

HSM -Vulnerable Populations

Donielle Wells

on 19 November 2012

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Alyson, Donielle, Jiffry,Mecca Domestic Violence in
Teen Relationships Dating Violence:
Like adult domestic violence, teen dating violence is a pattern of controlling behavior, in which one partner attempts to assert their power through abuse. How does it look??? Outcomes of Dating Violence Individuals
Vice President Joseph Biden
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Office of Adolescent Health
National Network To End Domestic Violence-NNEDV*
US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women*
Combined Federal Campaign
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention*
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Grants.gov Federal Resources and Grants Violence Prevention Coalition
Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Health Care Service Corporation
Day One (New York)
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network
City of Chicago: Office on Domestic Violence
Department of Human Services (DC)
Illinois Department of Human Services Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention
Jane Addams Hull House – Domestic Violence Initiative
Between Friends
YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Loyola University Chicago Wellness Center State & Local Andrew Weiss Gallery
Cathay Bank
Cohen, Miskei & Mowrey, LLP
Cristophe Salon
Disney Worldwide Outreach
The David Geffen Foundation
Giltex, LLC
Greenberg Glusker                                   
Hogan & Lovells US LLP
Horvitz & Levy
Howrey LLP
In-n-Out Burger Foundation
Jenner & Block LLP
Jewish Community Foundation
Latham & Watkins LLP Roll Giving
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust
Soroptimist International of L.A. West
Sullivan Properties Management
The TJX Companies, Inc.
The TJX Foundation, Inc.
Union Bank
Verizon Foundation
Verizon Wireless Hopeline
Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation
Youth Service America LMU Belles Service Organization
Macy's Foundation
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Munger, Tolles & Olson Foundation
The National Philanthropic Trust
National Turf Writers Association Charitable Foundation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
The Raney Family Fund at Schwab Charitable Fund
Resnick Family Foundation
The RGK Foundation Private RedRover
Safe Horizon Organization
Making of Memories
Mary Byron Project
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation* (men focus)
TJX Foundation *
SuperStar Foundation
Health Care Service Corporation Break the Cycle
Mary Kay*
Mark (Avon)*
Liz Claiborne (Love is not abuse)
Fifth & Pacific
All State*
National Family Justice Center Alliance
R.O.S.E. Fund I was a victim I was a
victim of abuse I am an abuser I'm an abuser because now because now Cycle of Domestic Violence Stopping the Abuse CDC: Prevalence of Teen Domestic Violence Can be expressed by and coupled with:
overall threatening demeanor
many times problems increase in severity as the relationship continues. Examples of abuse include:

name-calling or put-downs
keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
withholding money
stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
actual or threatened physical harm
sexual assault
intimidation MORE... How common is domestic violence in teens? Nearly 1.5 million high school students
One in three adolescents (physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner)
One in 10 high school students has been purposefully
slapped or
physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

extreme jealousy
controlling behavior
explosive anger
isolating the partner from family and friends
tendency to blame others
becomes verbally or mentally abusive. Early Signs of Abuse: Fact or Myth?!?!?! Some people deserve to be hit.
No one provokes a violent reaction in anybody. People are responsible for their own reaction to different situations.
If it were that bad he/she would just leave
Physical violence is the only form of abuse
Domestic violence only happens to poor women and women of color.
The prevalence of dating violence in adolescence exceeds the rates of other forms of youth violence.
There is more dating violence with opposite sex couples than with same sex couples. - Teens who abuse their girlfriends or boyfriends do the same things as adults who abuse their partners
- 2 in 10 teen girls say they have been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner. About 1 in 10 teen boys report abuse in dating relationships.
- In teen relationship abuse, both boys and girls report abuse about equally, but boys tend to start the violence more often and use greater force. Teen Relationship Abuse Abusive relationships have good times and bad times. Part of what makes dating violence so confusing is that there is love mixed with the abuse. This can make it hard to tell if you're really being abused.

Does your boyfriend or girlfriend:
Have a history of bad relationships or past violence?
Always blame his or her problems on other people?
Blame you for "making" him or her treat you badly?
Try to use drugs or alcohol to get you alone when you don't want to be?
Try to control you by being bossy, not taking your opinion seriously, or making all of the decisions about who you see or what you wear?
Talk about people in sexual ways or talk about sex like it's a game or contest?
Pressure you to have or force you to have unprotected sex?
Constantly text you or call you to find out where you are and who you're with? You might think that's about caring, but it's really about controlling your relationship. - Domestic violence in parents lead to greater possibility of more violent teens
- Wasn’t until the late 1980’s that a child witnessing of spousal abuse was recognized as a potential etiologic factor for child psychopathology and associated problems
- Researchers have persistently documented that marital or couples violence is commonly accompanied by child abuse. Fathers who abuse their wives are also likely to hurt their children
- Externalizing, internalizing, and social problems frequently seem to develop in teens who witness violence in the home Family Violence and its Effect on Teens - Boys are at greater risk of developing externalizing problems
- Obvious anger and distress along with development of behavioral problems
- Adolescent boys who witness parental violence have high rates of running away from home
- Adolescent male witnesses to family violence often use physical violence with their mothers
- Adolescents are at risk of academic failure, school drop-out, delinquency, and substance abuse Externalizing Problems - Anxiety and depression
- If family violence is observed at a younger age, the memories and internalizing problems still affect teenagers when they’re older
- Suicidal thoughts may emerge
“Lockage phenomenon”
- Cases of adolescents committing intra familial homicide usually were linked to families with high rates of family violence Internalizing Problems - Problems in social relations and competency are other areas examined in conjunction with child witnessing of spousal abuse
- Women who witnessed family violence as children tend to display more social maladjustment, including a lack of perceived social support, poor attachment to significant others, and sense of impoverished social integration Social Problems Questions about home life may be difficult to answer, especially if the individual has been "warned" or threatened by a family member to refrain from "talking to strangers" about events that have taken place in the family
Referrals to the appropriate school personnel could be the first step in assisting the child or teen in need of support
Consider involving the school psychologist, social worker, guidance counselor and/or a school administrator
Encourage them to talk about their concerns
Listening in a warm, non-judgmental, and genuine manner is often comforting for victims and may be an important first step in their seeking further support
Advise counseling American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress: Helping Teens Domestic Violence from a National Standpoint Safe Horizon
- 1 in 4 Women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime(Women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk.
- More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year.
- Children who live in homes where domestic violence is prevalent are at sometimes as high as 60% risk for abuse and neglect.
- children who have domestic violence in their homes also tend to have more health problems (getting sick more often, being lethargic and having headaches are some examples).
- In 2003, a study was done that showed children being more likely to try and intervene when they see domestic violence in the home which puts them at risk of injury or even death.
- More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.
- Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement, legal, and medical costs. As well as lost productivity at companies. Domestic Violence from a Regional Standpoint Break the Cycle, an organization that works to empower youth to end domestic violence, did a state by state report card on the issue as far as the state stepping up and providing resources to victims. According to the 2008 report card:
- 1 in 3 teens will experience some form of domestic violence.
- teens who suffer from abuse are more likely to have risky sexual behavior, substance abuse, and to have suicidal tendencies.
- they are also more likely than non-abused classmates to bring weapons to school and 3 times more likely to be in a physical fight.
The report card is based on how easy it is for teens to get restraining orders (because some states don't allow it: AL, AZ, GA, KY, MD, NY, OH, OR, SC, SD, UT). IL received a B. Domestic Violence from a Local Standpoint Nearly 1 in 5 Chicago youth experience violence in dating relationships and these rates are rising.
Rates differ for girls involved with gang members or men who are significantly older than they are.
A 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System study showed that 18.5 % of Chicago youth had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by a girlfriend or boyfriend.
Rates are highest for African American girls, with 22.6% saying they had experienced some sort of dating violence.
Overall, the dating violence was higher among females (18.9%) than males (17.2%). He/she may feel less confident of him/herself (especially around abuser)
May Feel scared or worried about doing or saying “the wrong thing”
May find him/herself changing your behavior out of fear or to avoid a fight
Become isolated from friends and family

Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, depression, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys. The Victim (GET OUT!!!!!):
1. Identify the issue as a problem that will not go away
2. Honesty
3. Tell an adult (parents, family members, guidance counselor, friends, supervisor and so on...)
4. Don’t try to fix the person yourself!!!
5. Work on reconciling relationships with friends and family (your own)
6. Save threatening messages and avoid contact with the abuser BREAKING Questions???? References:


- http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/tc/domestic-violence-teen-relationship-abuse
- Volpe, Joseph S. "Effects of Domestic Violence on Children and Adolescents: An
Overview." American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. N.p., n.d. Web.
16 Nov. 2012. <http://www.aaets.org/article8.htm>.
- Kashani, Javad H., and Wesley D. Allan. The Impact of Family Violence on
Children and Adolescents. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc, 1998.
Print. Long-lasting effects
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