DATING VIOLENCE IS UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

YOUNG VIOLENCE IN AMERICA MANY ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT!

Dating violence is far too common among teenagers across the nation. According to a recent survey, one in five teens who have been in a serious relationship say they have been hit, slapped or pushed by their partner. Even more disturbing: 30 percent of all murders involving females ages 15 to 19 are committed by their romantic interest. This month, the Office of Attorney General (OAG) is joining with law enforcement professionals and crime victim advocates across the country to observe the fourth annual National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. The observance is intended to educate teens about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. It is also meant to help adults and teens recognize when a friend or loved one is being abused.Peace officers are on the front lines of defending abuse victims when dating control or abuse turns violent, but officers also know the other signs of potential abuse. The teen dating violence awareness week seeks to make the public cognizant of these signs. Teens’ abusive dating partners might:

• Look at them or act in ways that scare them
• Act jealous or possessive
• Criticize them
• Try to control where they go, what they wear or what they do
• Text or IM them excessively
• Threaten to kill or hurt themselves or their partners if they leave
• Try to stop them from seeing or talking to friends and family
• Hit, slap, push or kick themThe National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline also provides many tips for recognizing and responding to teen dating violence, as does its Web site,
http://www.loveisrespect.org/.