NYPD: DomesticViolence Occurs In TeensAlso
Did you know that in New York City 11% of high school students report having been hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend/girlfriend? October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and while adult domestic violence is a serious matter, resulting in over 255,000 calls for Police assistance in 2011 alone, violence among dating teens is just as serious. Many young people experience abusive behaviors, but do not identify the abuse as dating violence. For many, these behaviors are incorrectly seen as “normal,” and are not considered problematic. Below you will find 5 signs of an unhealthy relationship courtesy of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence:
1. Calls/texts/IMs you constantly and/or checks your email without your permission. 2. Embarrasses or insults you in front of others. 3. Acts jealously and does not want you to spend time with others. 4. Consistently criticizes your friends, clothes, or interests. 5. Threatens to commit suicide and/or hurt you if you break-up.
Since its inception in 2005 through December 31, 2011, the New York City Healthy Relationship Training Academy of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence has reached 24,819 young people through 1,249 peer education workshops. For more information or to request a workshop at your organization, visit: http://ww.nyc.gov/domesticviolence/academy. You can also visit the NYPD Domestic Violence homepage: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_ prevention/domestic_ violence.shtml. For more information on all of the programs we offer, or for crime prevention and personal safety tips visit our website: www.nypdcommunityaffairs.org