Victims of domestic violence suffer devastating effects including physical pain, loss of self-esteem, forced dependency, anxiety, terror, and depression.
In addition to creating an atmosphere of fear at home, the stress and tension of living with violence extends beyond the home.
But it also can include emotional and verbal abuse – which includes put-downs, insults, and threats.
For more information, see our article about the forms of relationship abuse. People stay in abusive relationships for a variety of reasons.
The goal of the organization is to wrap each survivor in compassion and trust starting with the simple words, “I believe you”—words Samantha knows firsthand can help victims move from surviving to thriving. Because violence and sexual assault leaves victims living in fear, some never get the chance to realize their full potential because their pain outweighs their strengths.
Dating abuse does include physical and sexual violence.
The definition of sexual violence is sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or sexual assault and can be inflicted by an intimate partner, family member, acquaintance or stranger.
That's according to Choose Respect, a national initiative to help adolescents and young teens age 11-14 form healthy relationships to prevent dating abuse.
Every student, parent and teacher needs to be aware of the prevalence of teen dating violence in the US.
This workshop introduces participants to the topics of teen dating and sexual violence.
Participants will explore their awareness of abusive behaviors and warning signs common to teen dating relationships, with an emphasis on healthy relationships as well.