It is a sad and tragic fact that relationships and violence go together at times. There are some of us who grew up around abusive relationships in our homes or in our families. If there is no healing involved from this, we have all seen what can happen when another generation carries it into their relationships.
It seems that during the early dating stages, a lot of red flags are presented, and sadly overlooked. I remember reading about the young teacher who was allegedly slain by a boyfriend. Her father, heartbroken, mentioned how his daughter would make comments about certain behaviors that simply seemed “protective” or “attentive” at the time. What can single people do to be more aware of person who has dangerous behaviors?
It’s not just adults that cope with this issue, teens also find themselves faced with dating violence, at very young ages. Imagine your first love, puppy love. Then imagine if all that intense emotion led to physical abuse. If you were confused and caught up in your “normal” teenage love affair, how awful would it feel if domestic violence was added in? I could barely handle the ending of a grade school crush, who knows how I would have dealt with something so terrifying.
We all have to take a part in educating our families, communities, and our teens that love does not hurt. The Partnership Against Domestic Violence will conduct a panel discussion this week: Spotlight on Teen Dating Violence.
I believe that we should address what is causing the rise in domestic violence and work together on ways we can stop it. How can we become more involved?
When it comes to your children (if you have any), what do you teach them about violence in relationships? What were you taught?
Event information from article:
Spotlight on Teen Dating Violence
When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13
Where: Carl and Mary Ware Academic Center, Clark Atlanta University
Participants must preregister.
For more information, call the Partnership Against Domestic Violence at 404-870-9603 or visit www.padv.org. There’s also a statewide crisis line at 1-800-33-HAVEN (1-800-334-2836