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 http://www.breakthecycle.org. They are the leading non-profit organization on teen dating violence prevention.