Every day, we read news stories about domestic violence. Most of the time, these stories focus on adult victims and perpetrators. But what we often forget is that domestic violence doesn't just happen to adults; it happens to teenagers, too. In fact, 1 in 3 teenage girls in the United States will be a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner before she turns 18 years old. That's a staggering statistic—and one that we need to start talking about more.
Why Teenagers Experience Domestic Violence
There are several reasons why teenagers might stay in abusive relationships. They might be afraid of what will happen if they leave, they might believe that the abuse is their fault, or they might think that this is just how relationships are supposed to be. Additionally, teenagers often have a tough time asking for help because they're afraid of being judged or misunderstood. As a result, they suffer in silence.
What We Can Do to Help
It's important that we talk about teenage domestic violence more often. By starting conversations about this issue, we can help raise awareness and understanding. We can also provide support for teenage victims and let them know that they are not alone. Additionally, we can work to educate teens about what healthy relationships look like—relationships free from abuse, threats, and fear.
Domestic violence is a problem that affects people of all ages—including teenagers. If we want to make a difference, we need to start talking about teenage domestic violence more often. By having open conversations about this issue, we can help raise awareness and understanding while providing support for victims.
Together, we can help make a difference.