The data includes physical, mental and emotional abuse.Kaylah Harris was 18 when she first experienced dating violence.Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual or psychological/emotional violence within a teen dating relationship, as well as stalking.
Of note however, while research has indicated that females "are as likely to be a perpetrator as a victim of violence" according to the APA, there's not enough data to clarify or confirm this statistic.Most alarming regarding this data, is that these figures are likely a bit lower than projected as only about a third of teens will tell someone about the abuse he/she is experiencing; only 6% of victims will tell a family member.It can also be called things like relationship abuse, intimate partner violence, dating abuse, domestic violence or domestic abuse.Adolescents and adults are often unaware that teens experience dating violence."He snatched the phone, and he started hitting me." Harris lived to tell her story, but 15-year-old Danielle Locklear died after her ex-boyfriend, Je'Michael Malloy, strangled her and tied weights to her body before dumping her in water.
Tierra Hall, 17, was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend and left behind and abandoned building in Durham.
She's used to having tough conversations with underclassmen."Girls at my high school who were in a relationship and their boyfriend would like push them to the ground in front of everybody," said Powell.
"At that age, that's just what crazy love was supposed to be or what high school love was. Powell believes pop culture and social media play a huge role in why teens continue the cycle of abuse.
Shereka Dunston with the Durham Crisis Response Center said parents can make a difference in protecting their children.
"It's really important for parents to talk to their kids honestly and have conversations.
As the mother to boy/girl twins who just turned thirteen years old, I know I sure am, especially when I hear words like Teen Dating Violence (TDV). Being a young person today is so incredibly different and I believe more difficult too than it was even just a decade ago..what could possibly be going on in their world that I need to be on top of right now? If you've been wondering about teens, teen dating and this issue called Teen Dating Violence. As of 2012, one third of young people between the ages of 14-20 in the United States have experienced Teen Dating Violence (TDV), which includes exposure to new media, such as the internet, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and highlighted by the American Psychological Association (APA).