Meanwhile, remember that there are resources for you, if you need help. Besides agencies in your local community, you can start by calling domestic violence hotlines. These are people trained to deal with domestic violence issues. They are very understanding and sympathetic. Here are a few:
1. If you or someone you know is feeling fearful about what's going on in your relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−SAFE (7233) or TTY 1−800−787−3224.
2. If you suspect abuse in your daughter's relationship with her boyfriend, go to the National Violence Resource Center to get further information.
3. Regarding suspected abuse or violence in teen dating, check out the national teen hotline: Call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474, available 24/7 (1-866-331-8453 for the hearing impaired).
Domestic violence is a very complex issues. It involves culture, the way men and women were raised to interact with each other. It includes politics, the fact that men have constructed laws so that they can maintain control over women. And it also involves how people in society are reared to deal with problems. Too many Americans, men especially, have been conditioned to resolve problems through conflict. Some men have worked through this issue and no subscribe to this way of resolving problems. Others steadfastly refuse to change.
Because issues surrounding domestic violence are so deeply embedded in our culture, politics and individual construct, domestic violence will be with us for a long time. That's why it's important for parents to be armed with knowledge about domestic violence, including potential teen violence. The information is there. Parents just have to make the time to use it. Hopefully, this series helped.
This series concludes with two things: The teenage bill of rights and a list of things people can do to bring greater awareness to domestic violence by Love Is Respect.org, especially during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
|Dating Bill of Rights|
|I have a right to: |
Ask for a date
|I have the responsibility to: |
Determine my limits and values
Respect the limits of others
Communicate clearly and honestly
Not violate the limits of others
Ask for help when I need it
Check my actions and decisions to determine whether they are good or bad for me
Set high goals for myself
Some great ideas to make people aware of Domestic Violence
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and there are a ton of ways you can support the cause. We put together a list of cool things you can do this month to help spread awareness.
- Put a purple ribbon up as your facebook/twitter/myspace profile pic to show your support for ending domestic violence.
- Post a link on your profiles to www.loveisrespect.org to spread healthy dating awareness and let your friends know about the awesome resources we have if they ever need help.
- Send anti-dating violence awareness mass texts to your friends.
- Organize an anti-dating violence rally at your school.
- Submit an article on teen dating violence awareness to your school newspaper.
- Write a letter to get a Teen Dating Abuse curriculum in your school; Dosomething.org has great info on the steps you need to take.
- Create an anti-dating violence PSA and post it to your YouTube account.
- Print out our Teen Dating Bill of Rights and post it around school (with permission from school officials).
- Print out our quiz cards and hand them out at local events.
- Create a LOVE Mashup and send it to your friends to promote healthy dating habits.
- Create a project for It’s Time to Talk Day. DoSomething.org is offering $250 Grants for your projects. Click here for more info.