Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
-- Jan Dimmitt, Executive Director of Kelso's Emergency Support Shelter Another man, whose story is not here e-mailed me: I have a problem.
Whenever I speak of male abuse, I am met by disbelief and, even worse, laughter. I notice in talking with other shelter staff throughout the state that this attitude prevails in the other shelters, too-men are the perpetrators, women are the victims.
After learning of the abuse, I tried to talk to my daughter, but she was ashamed and embarrassed.
I feel that, if I report my wife, I will be the one that winds up in custody.I spoke with friends and even our pastor about my concerns, but we all decided that she was just dealing with typical teenage challenges.None of us could have imagined that she was being abused on a daily basis for almost six months.Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following: Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.A 2017 CDC Report [PDF 4.32MB] found that approximately 7% of women and 4% of men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence by that partner before 18 years of age. Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.