Dating violence is a reality that continues to haunt millions of young people. According to national statistics released by the government, one of every 10 high school students report physical abuse by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Even more report emotional abuse, which includes: shaming, bullying, and threats.
Help and support should begin in one’s home and in the community. Local churches and other organizations can be a source of strength and hope for teenagers searching for answers in a world that seems overwhelming. For teens that need instant help, grab a phone. Help is just a phone call away. A National Abuse Dating Helpline has been established offering confidential support to teenagers in unhealthy or abusive relationships. For information and support contact:
Text “loveis” to 77054