Teen dating violence is another form of domestic violence that is often overlooked but happens so frequently in our high schools.
Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. (citation)
In actuality, domestic violence does not just happen once you are married. There are signs before marriage that are overlooked, ignored, or given a pass. Victims think they can change their abusive partner by loving them strong enough. Sounds familiar?
Remember, domestic violence is all about power and control. It has no respect of persons… it doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, black, white, muslim, christian, girl, boy, young, old… everyone can be a victim of abuse.
Here’s a short film that really shows teen dating violence in its truest forms, as well as how culture plays a role in relationships. There is a disclaimer at the beginning of the film for those who may have experienced this form of violence in their lives. I know for me, it’s always hard to watch films depicting violence because it can often lead to triggers within my own life experience. But I don’t run from those triggers, I explore them and maintain a healthy mental state that allows me to continue my work. And that work is to talk about it. So let’s talk about it. #Askmeanything
Love you to life,
“My past does not define me, it refines me.”