Pictures of teen dating abuse

City officials believe violence is a public health concern, though more often treated as a crime and safety issue.

Bearing witness to violence on a regular basis makes it psychologically difficult for many victims to leave their aggressors.“When it comes to teen violence, there is almost 50/50% (split between men and women).” Pelaéz can’t pinpoint the reason behind why the reported amount of male and female aggressors is nearly equal in teen relationships.Through her work at Family Violence Prevention Services, which offers residential and non-residential resources for victims in abusive relationships, she has observed a number of scenarios.Technology, Pelaéz said, has made it easier to engage in acts of abuse and, in some cases, surveillance of partners.“In the case of abuse, (social media) is a constant,” she said.Many adult and teenage perpetrators and victims alike have trouble identifying their own abusive relationship.

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