It can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Brittny’s father stepped in and ended the relationship for her.
Here are some things to be aware of: Social media adds enormous pressure -- the digital footprint that every young person lives with makes breaking up harder, sometimes humiliating. She now volunteers at the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline.
“He gave me this look and lifted his leg up and swung it at me, hit me right in the ribs, I flew across the room and hit my head on the wall, was knocked unconscious for six hours, woke up with two bruised ribs and a concussion,” she said. The boy ultimately entered a rehab program but didn’t serve any time for the assault. That quickly changed, with the boyfriend not wanting her to hang out with her friends or to participate in any extracurricular activities. He even started to drive a wedge between the girl and her parents.“I started to kind of question why I couldn’t have guy friends or why he always needed to know what I was doing and it would turn into little verbal abusive spats and then it got physical.” KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports: Her life changed forever one night, at a party.Womens provides easy-to-understand legal information to women living with or escaping domestic violence.
All through Massachusetts, teenagers are working to bringing awareness to the growing problem of dating and breakup violence.
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Futures Without Violence has led the way and set the pace for ground-breaking education programs, national policy development, professional training programs, and public actions designed to end violence against women, children and families around the world.
Choose focuses on preventing dating abuse by educating 11- 14-year-olds about healthy relationships.
That’s Not Cool addresses ways teens can work against dating abuse in their everyday actions.