Dating violence against adolescent girls
The needs of the victims often exceed the resources available.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence reports that during a one-day national survey in 2014, more than 65,000 domestic violence victims were served nationally, and more than 200 of them were in Delaware.
More than 625,000 intimate partner victimizations occur each year and, on average, more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends (U. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2006). Studies of samples from shelters, hospitals, and police reports find that as many as 90-95% of intimate partner abuse involves a male perpetrator against his female partner or ex-partner. Girls between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.
They appeal to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil.
The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain.
When the victim has low self-esteem, she may not believe that anyone else will love or spend time with her, perpetuating the cycle of abuse and violence in her relationship.
Teens are only just beginning to understand what being in a relationship means.