Conquering Teen Dating Abuse

Teen dating violence, unfortunately, is more common than we think.  It is easy for adults to write teenage relationships off as “childish” or “fleeting,” but the relationships a teenager has will inevitably affect the relationships they will have for the rest of their lives.  According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one in three teens experiences abuse in a dating relationship.  Yes, you read that right:  one in three teens experiences dating abuse.  There are even more shocking statistics about teen dating abuse, including that one in ten teenagers in New York City schools reports experiencing physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship within the past year.… <Read More>

Knowledge of the Law – The Key to Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

Putting an end to domestic violence in a particular couple depends entirely on the courage of the victim and how well the victim tells their story.  Perhaps the most troubling task for victims of domestic violence is to recount their horror stories to complete strangers, whether it be to police officers, social workers, court intake personnel, or medical personnel.  Often, victims are under-informed about what acts are specifically classified as domestic violence according to the law.  Some extremely dangerous situations are often not resolved in favor of the victim because the law prevents it.  However, victims CAN get the protection they need; they just need to be better informed.… <Read More>