Dating Violence: It’s Time to Break the Cycle
Dating violence is not an easy topic to talk about but over the past several months, it has made headlines in many areas. New images of images and stories about dating abuse continue to appear in the media, daily news reports, social media and in our own personal lives. Dating violence creates a vicious cycle, but perhaps raising awareness and discussing this topic in public forums can stop it.
Dating violence does not discriminate; "it crosses all racial, cultural, economic and social barriers." The CDC reports that many people living in the United States can identify at least one person whose has been a victim of dating violence. But why does this even matter? “Dating violence is a normalized aspect of our society.”
According to BreakTheCycle.com:
- American teens experience alarming high levels of abuse in their dating relationships (2011)
- The Corporate Leaders & America's Workforce on Domestic Violence Survey found that a substantial majority of corporate executives and their employees from the nation's largest companies recognize the harmful and extensive impact of domestic violence in the workplace, but only 13% of corporate executives think their companies should address the problem (2007)
- In 2006, a Bystander Survey found that approximately two-thirds of Americans say “it is hard to determine whether someone has been a victim of domestic abuse (64%)” and want more information about what to do when confronted with domestic violence (65%)
What we can we do?
Together we must be catalysts of social change. LET'S BREAK THE CYCLE.
According to the CDC, dating violence is a preventable public health problem. Therefore as a community can develop, implement and maintain community approaches to stop this cycle of violence.
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