Safe Family: Teen dating violence

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

Teen dating violence is becoming a big problem across the U.S. Nearly half of the states fail when it comes to grading them on protecting victims. In this Safe Family report, how you can take action against teen violence.

Victims of teen dating abuse often face overwhelming obstacles when getting help due to their age. Many states require that a teen looking for help have a parent or legal guardian get involved. In fact only one state, New Hampshire, allows a minor of any age to apply for a protection order by themselves. In Missouri, minors are not permitted to apply for domestic violence protection orders at all.

In Texas, one in every two teens reports personally experiencing dating related abuse.

"Getting a protective order if you can is very important. I know that sometimes it is difficult if it is not a family violence situation, and I know that a lot of times people are afraid to go to the police and get a protective order whether they're teenagers or whether they are adults, but it's very important," Ashley Earls of the Grayson County Crisis Center says.

If you need help with abuse visit They are the leading non-profit organization on teen dating violence prevention.

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  • by al Location: oklahoma on Mar 29, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    If the girls would stop messing with the boys head, the abuse would most likely cut down. Most young boys are not mature enough to handle their sexual emotions which is tied to the violent side of them. When girls lead the boys on and the sexual isn't taken care of, then it leads to violence. Do your own research on this and then you'll understand the link between the two. Not making excuses for them, just making you aware.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 27, 2009 at 02:29 PM
    Posting some phone numbers might be helpful as well as the website address. Most times, teens will have a cell phone; but not a computer. I think numbers and web addresses should be given to all students from middle school through college!
  • by Dumb Location: Asrocks on Mar 26, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    I know how to fix the abuse. A freakin 12 guage!!!
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