They included children who were both male and female, heterosexual and LGBTQ, and from every ethnic background imaginable.It was, and is, very sad to me that while these children are supposed to be focusing on the challenge of adolescence, they were instead grappling with the violence caused by their partners.One of the hardest tasks I have faced is making decisions in cases that involve victimized youth.I know that judges around the country (many of whom are parents) also are deeply concerned about making the right decision in cases that involve teen survivors.As a judge and a parent, it’s difficult for me to imagine that one in three girls that I saw in my court were likely to be physically, emotionally or verbally abused, according to a National Council on Crime and Delinquency report. It is by far the most prevalent form of youth violence.
Dating abuse is about the perpetrator's need to have power and control over their partner.It has nothing to do with love and caring for another person.Learn about the characteristics of a healthy relationship and work actively to interact with all people in a positive way.Talk to them about what a healthy relationship is before they start dating. Discuss and practice respectful conflict resolution, and make sure they know where to find help if they need it. See the FMWR website, or call Army Community Service for more details.Finally, raise awareness for others in the schools and community at large so this topic is not pushed under the rug. - Launching Hope workshops that help prepare parents to launch their teens into the wonderful world of adulthood. - At Vicenza High School, there is a policy for addressing sexual harassment and bullying, but nothing specifically for teen dating violence. She is an expert in early cognitive development in children.