Whatever stage you and your teen are going through in discussing and learning about dating violence — whether you want to teach them about healthy relationships for the future, or you’re concerned with a relationship they are currently in and want to give them advice — there are plenty of resources that can be really helpful.
From phone numbers and victim services centers, to online pamphlets and sites, we’ve put together a list of some of the best resources for teens.
Explanation The Washington State Criminal Code does not contain a separate crime of “domestic violence” or “dating violence.” Instead, crimes relating to domestic violence and dating violence are covered by other provisions of the criminal code, such as “Sexual Offenses” or “Assault” crimes.
The law is gender neutral and recognizes that domestic violence occurs between members of the same or any sex.
The patterns of behavior are in the form of repeated use of words or actions that are designed to demean, intimidate, threaten and instill fear.
These behaviors can be VERBAL, EMOTIONAL, SEXUAL and/or PHYSICAL. LGBTQ Power and Control Wheel *Fear-danger to self & others, retaliation*Lack of alternative housing*Social isolation – family, friends, community*Lack of understanding – family, friends, community*Fear of unknown; fear of police/court involvement*"Acceptable violence"- acclimated over time*No knowledge of resources*Time – needed to plan & prepare to leave*Religious Beliefs*Cultural Beliefs*Duty to make relationship work for image, children, etc*Responsibility (gender roles – up to her to make it work)*Belief in the "American dream" or happily ever after story*Belief that family-of-origin violence is standard and normal*Family & Friends pressure to work on relationship issues Relationship violence does not discriminate.
It often occurs alongside other forms of abusive behavior.
The majority of women who were physically assaulted by an intimate partner had been sexually assaulted by that same partner.
Relationship Violence is a pattern of behavior in an intimate relationship that is used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation.No matter what term is used or how the relationship is defined, it is never okay to engage in sexual activity without someone’s consent.Sexual assault in a relationship rarely exists in a vacuum.The ETSU Counseling Center (423-439-4841) can offer support and confidentiality as you explore your options towards staying safe and taking care of yourself. If you are in immediate danger, call ETSU Public Safety (9-4480) or 911.