From my recent post on Moms Fort Wayne: Just before the holiday season, I attended the Fort Wayne YWCA's Annual Circle of Women Luncheon.Our local YWCA does great work in the area of domestic violence prevention.The site offers fact sheets, information, and resources about teen dating abuse to help teens, their parents and friends understand more about this growing problem.
Created from tragedy, Dating Abuse Stops Here, or DASH, was created to inspire and inform a community.
It can be verbal or physical and sometimes, as in the case of Wayland, Mass., teen Lauren Astley, it can end in death. Researchers estimate that one in three young adults between the ages of 14 and 20 has experienced some form of dating violence.
“Of teenagers who are in abusive relationships, 3 percent will tell an authority figure, 6 percent will tell a family member, but 75 percent will tell a friend - that’s why we focus on kids,” former Middlesex County, Mass., District Attorney Gerry Leone tells “48 Hours”.
Choose focuses on preventing dating abuse by educating 11- 14-year-olds about healthy relationships.
The Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Fund was created by her parents.
So I’m listing the early warning signs of teen dating violence below (as provided by the Northeast Indiana YWCA) in hopes that this will educate all of us and help us to help the young people in our lives before it’s too late. If the teen in your life is demonstrating these behaviors, contact your local domestic violence shelter or YWCA.