Loving and nurturing relationships are important to us all. A healthy relationship encourages outside interests and friendships. It provides support and affection. But some relationships are not healthy. If the relationship becomes abusive-physically violent, controlling, verbally abusive-it is not a healthy relationship, and you need to get help. Always remember that physical and psychological abuse are not normal or acceptable even among teenage lovers.
Some facts about domestic violence:
- Approximately 1 in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence in dating relationships.
- One-third of high school and college-aged youths experience violence in an intimate relationship.
- 79 percent of all violent young people have witnessed violence in their homes.
- 15 to 25 percent of pregnant women are battered.
- At least one woman is battered every fifteen seconds in the United States.
- Domestic violence may touch as many as 1/4 of all Americans.
- Domestic violence is a major contributing factor to other problems including child abuse and neglect, female alcoholism, and homelessness.