For Youth

Why Focus on Young People?

Community Beyond Violence helps and supports teens and we are involved in prevention efforts in our local schools. We are here for teens and friends/family members.

      • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
      • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
      • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
      • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.


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Don’t Forget About College Students

The Clery Act
Title IX
Campus SaVE Act

      • Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
      • College students are not equipped to deal with dating abuse – 57% say it is difficult to identify and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it.
      • One in three (36%) dating college students has given a dating partner their computer, online access, email or social network passwords and these students are more likely to experience digital dating abuse.
      • One in six (16%) college women has been sexually abused in a dating relationship


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Long-Lasting Effects

If you or a friend/family member is experiencing dating violence or want to learn more, check out our services. Our advocates are here for you!

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      • Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
      • Being physically or sexually abused makes teen girls six times more likely to become pregnant and twice as likely to get a STI.
      • Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.


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For Parents, Family & Friends – Raise Your Awareness

      • Red Flags In Relationships
      • Cycle of Violence
      • All About Teens – Teen Culture & Risk Factors, Developmental Considerations, Legal & Counseling
      • Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
      • Eighty-one (81) percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.
      • Though 82% of parents feel confident that they could recognize the signs if their child was experiencing dating abuse, a majority of parents (58%) could not correctly identify all the warning signs of abuse.

Our advocates are here for family and friends too!

      • How To Help A Family/Friend
      • Our Services