There needs to be a greater effort to educate young adults and teens on the fallacies of
domestic violence. At an early age young adults and teens will learn the harmful effects of
domestic violence and the warning signs before they ever have to deal with domestic violence.
What is domestic violence? Does economics play a role in who will face domestic violence?
Is there a certain race or culture this type of relationship takes place in? There seems to be a
gender bias towards young ladies that may experience the abuse in the relationship. There are
steps that we can take to target our youth with information and support before the problems
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(2009) Forty percent of teenage girls say they know someone there age who has been
hit or beaten by a boyfriend. The rate of same sex relationships is at the same rate of abuse.
There seems to be no difference.
There is a much higher rate of abuse amongst girls than boys. The rate of abuse is ninety to
ninety-five percent women. There is a ninety five percent rate of male perpetrators. Domestic
violence is not normally seen by the victim as such. There tends to be a
naivety amongst young ladies that the manipulation and control is a sign of deep affection or
love. This is how the control and manipulation starts. There is usually not enough dating
experience to see the dangers of manipulation and control, followed by the isolation and
belittling of ones self esteem that emerges from such control.
Does domestic violence stem from adult domestic violence? There are several forms of
domestic violence. There are very clear warning signs that appear in these dating relationships.
There may be a mental health aspect to the personalities that exhibit domestic violence.
Children exposed to domestic violence most of the time repeat the patterns of abuse. There
seems to be patterns of low self esteem and self worth. In lower income areas there is also the
pattern of poverty. Men in poverty situations who are the providers for the relationship tend to
have higher stress levels which create an environment that is at risk. Poor social skills are also a
contributor for abusers. (Understanding Teen Fact Sheet).(2008). Although drugs and alcohol
contribute to the abusive behaviors they are not the reasons for the behaviors. There are no
studies that side with the abusers drug and alcohol consumption as an excuse for being abusive.
The forms of abuse that are most common are verbal and non verbal abuse. The abuser does
not start off this way but in one way or another is belittling and yelling at the victim. This
escalates to pushing and shoving, from this behavior the abuse further escalates. The victim may
be put in a physical violent position. Some of the forms of physical abuse may include and are
not limited to pinching, slapping, punching and kicking. The other type of abuse is sexual abuse.
Between ten and twenty-five percent of girls ages fifteen to twenty-five were in a dating
relationship in more than half of these cases and knew her attacker. (PIPPAH). (Love Doesn’t
Have to Hurt)
Some of the dating violent warning signs are: Physical signs of injury, truancy, dropping out
of school, failing grades, indecision, changes in moods or personality, use of drugs and or
alcohol, pregnancy, emotional outbursts, and isolation. (Delaware Coalition against Domestic
Violence Newsletter, winter 1999) There are also cycles of abuse that take place. The first cycle
of abuse is where the abuser lashes out with aggressive and violent behavior. The next step of
abuse is where the...