Domestic Violence, Dating Abuse, Teen Violence, and the Importance of Healthy Relationships

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Lopez, Joey Marie
domestic violence; abuse; dating violence; relationships
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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. The Victim Witness Program for the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office aims to provide resources for victims of violent crimes, one of the most common crimes being some sort of domestic abuse. While there are outreach events to discuss domestic violence, they are minimal and not specifically inclusive to teens. By creating a brochure that has facts about domestic violence, dating abuse, teen violence, and discusses the importance of healthy relationships, while also including an interactive activity for young couples to start the conversation, the domestic violence rate will drop. Bringing awareness to the cycle of abuse can cause teens and young adults that have been exposed to unhealthy relationships and domestic violence to break the cycle.