How serious is teen dating violence?

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Living Free – Liz Johnson

According to a 2002 report by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Louisiana has the highest rate of teen dating violence among 34 states surveyed. Among 1,106 public and private high school students surveyed 18.1 % said they were physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend within the prior year.

I recently had the opportunity to speak to students at a local high school. I spoke to two classes of 11th graders on the dynamics of domestic violence and teen dating violence. These students were extremely receptive, not necessarily in agreement with all I said, but most attentive to all I had to say. Through discussion with these students it was obvious, teen-dating violence is an issue to be dealt with in the River Parishes.

In upcoming issues, I will share information on teen dating violence. Look for upcoming information on early warning signs of teen dating violence, myths and facts of teen dating violence, healthy dating relationships, effects of teen dating violence, steps parents can take to help children you think are in an abusive relationships, what to say- what not to say to teenagers in assisting them in abusive relationships, and intervention and prevention strategies. Inez Kerth, our attorney who specializes in Domestic Abuse Law, will present information on protective orders for dating partners, how parents can assist their children legally, and emancipation.

Living Free Ministries

Liz Johnson

P. O. Box 2815

Reserve, LA 70084

(985) 652 – 9938