Teen Dating Violence
Teen Dating Violence
According to recent statistics, one in four teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship. Dating violence can take many forms:
– psychological and emotional abuse
– physical abuse
– sexual abuse
Dating violence can occur between two people who are currently in a casual dating relationship or in a long-term serious relationship or who were formerly involved in a dating relationship. In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other partner through abuse. Dating violence is not about getting angry or having a disagreement. In an abusive relationship one partner is afraid of or intimidated by the other. Dating violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and religious lines. Dating violence occurs in heterosexual and gay and lesbian relationships.
Relationship violence can occur at school — in the hall, in the classroom, in the parking lot, on the bus or in a car, at after-school activities, at a student’s workplace, at a school dance, or at a student’s home. In teenage dating relationships, the abuse is often public with peers witnessing the abuse; however, the abuse can also occur in private.
Teen Dating Violence Referral Services
According to recent statistics, one in four teenagers has experienced violence in a dating relationship.
Teen Dating Violence Suggested Reading
Including news articles and informational links
Additional Domestic Violence Resources
Domestic Violence Services Network
Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) is the parent agency of four programs dedicated to preventing domestic violence and helping its victims. The four programs are:
- Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) is a unique collaboration with the police departments of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Lincoln, Maynard, Stow, Wayland and Hanscom Air Force Base. DVVAP’s community-based advocates offer unconditional support in a way that respects victim’s dignity and choices while promoting safety. DVVAP is available for individuals to call-in and they also provide outreach on behalf of the police departments. We listen to callers’ stories in a safe and secure environment; assess the level of risk of things such as escalating violence or control; identify options for action: develop safety planning tools with callers; and refer callers to the wide array of other confidential sources of support in our community.
- The Court Support Program (CSP) provides court accompaniment to individuals seeking abuse prevention orders (209A) out of Concord District Court.
- DVSN’s third program, The Network for Women’s Lives (NWL), provides outreach and education within our local schools and throughout our communities to help build awareness and decrease the incidences of domestic violence.
- A fourth program, Lawyer for A Day (LFAD), provides answers to legal questions for eligible individuals through DVSN’s collaborating partner, South Middlesex Legal Services (SMLS).
For support and advice, please call 888-399-6111.
Asian Task Force 617-338-2355
Support Group for Women with Controlling Partners 978-369-0259
Additional Support Services
• Saheli South Asian – 1-866-4SAHELI
• Web of Benefit – 617-285-1900 – http://www.webofbenefit.org/; Provides funding to women escaping domestic violence
• Household Goods Recycling Ministry
The Household Goods Recycling Ministry (HGRM) is a not-for-profit agency that collects, stores, and distributes furniture and household goods. It is located in Acton, Massachusetts. The group accepts donations from all sources and distributes those goods to families in need. The organization is staffed entirely by volunteers and relies on individuals and organizations in the local area for donations of the household goods they distribute. The HGRM website.