Promoting nonviolent relationships can be a vital step to preventing domestic abuse in adulthood.
Juanito Vargas is the associate vice president of Safe Horizon, a New York domestic violence nonprofit and the largest victims’ services agency in the U. His organization works with youth to educate them about domestic violence, targeting teen survivors of child abuse and teens who have witnessed domestic violence in their own homes.
According to Breakthe Cycle.org, violent relationships during adolescence put the survivors at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
They say that one out of every three teens and young adults experiences some form of dating abuse.
However, 81 percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue, or admit that they don’t know if it’s an issue.