Starting young to prevent dating abuse
In my last article in October, I focused on the prevalence of domestic violence against men – a sensitive and difficult issue for many people (Violence against males, Sec Ed, October 2016: R).In this article, I want to look more closely at what’s happening to girls.For example, according to a 2009 Refuge and You Gov survey, more than half of young women aged 18 to 21 reported experiencing at least one abusive incident from a boyfriend, husband or partner.An NSPCC survey published the same year found that 25 per cent of girls aged 13 to 17 reported intimate partner violence, while one in nine respondents had experienced serious physical violence.
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Processing trauma can occur in a variety of ways: support groups, meditation, somatic experiencing, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing or EMDR, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and self-care, like social activities and volunteering, self-esteem building and other techniques. “We’d like to be able to say, ‘Do these three things and you’re good,’ but abusive partners are, by definition, manipulative.
They can come across as charming and caring.” No matter how charming a person seems, a history of abusive behavior is cause for concern, as are other red flags.
Remind Her is about reminding young women that this might be the norm, it might be what our mothers dealt with, our grandmother dealt with and what we're now facing. Inquire about different topics that fit your specific school or group's needs.
Let us help prepare the young minds you're charged with leading to recognize the signs of dating violence and abuse early and let's change the statistics.