Of the respondents who participated in the assessment: In July 2013, the first Virginia telephone helpline was launched for LGBTQ Virginians to report and seek assistance with partner abuse and sexual violence.
There are many different types of abuse, including physical, emotional, financial, sexual and technological abuse.
Katie Ray-Jones, president of the National Domestic Violence Hotline has heard stories from teens who have had dating partners use text messaging, social media and cellphone calls to intimidate and control them.
February In a 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, 9.4 percent of high school students reported experiencing some form of physical violence by the person they were dating in the 12 months before the survey.“We want to be able to get that healthy relationship education out early enough so that people understand what their expectations should be, so that we’re not trying to correct behavior at that point,” she says.
Too often, our headlines feature news stories about tragic endings to abusive dating relationships, like that of Yeardley Love, a University of Virginia student who was murdered in 2010 by her former boyfriend.
Yeardley’s mother and sister, Sharon and Lexie, encourage everyone to learn about dating abuse so that they can help someone they love. A current prevention effort of Project PEACE — involving a partnership with Arlington Public Schools and community faith leaders — focuses on helping Arlington teens to avoid dating violence and build healthy dating relationships.
With helpful resources from the Zonta Club of Arlington Area, Project Peace developed Arlington’s Project PEACE Resources List.