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Teen Dating Abuse Is Not Just Physical

The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence states that:

In the U.S. alone, approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls (estimates up to 35%) is a victim of interpersonal violence.80% of teens say they know someone who has been controlled by a partner, and 60% know someone who has been physically abused. 29% of teens say that they themselves have been physically abused by a dating partner, and 54% report some form of abuse – yet only 37% of parents are aware that their child has been abused in some way 47% of 13-18 year olds who have been in relationships reported that they have personally been victimized by controlling behaviors from a boyfriend or girlfriend.Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Teens who are victims are more likely to be depressed and do poorly in school. They may engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using drugs and alcohol, and are more likely to have eating disorders. Some teens …

Ask the Expert: Teen Dating Abuse

The following Be Smart Be Well video features Claretha Cross, the Domestic Violence Liaison Office with the Chicago Police Department.

Tech Safety Apps and Information

Tech Safety states: "There’s an app for everything, right? An increasing number of apps for smartphones and tablets are attempting to address the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. Some apps are screening tools for survivors and professionals to recognize abuse and find resources. Other apps are meant to be a tool to contact help during an emergency."

Alicia Carr: PEVO is a National App for Domestic Violence

The PEVO website states: 
"Alicia V. Carr is the former director of Women Who Code Atlanta and a self-taught mobile developer that create a domestic violence app dedicated to helping victims escape abuse."

"Purple Evolution, Inc. (PEVO) formerly The Purple Pocketbook, was established as an effort to empower women experiencing domestic violence with the essential tools required to develop a safe, secure exit plan. As someone who’s had family and friends fall victim to domestic violence, Alicia wants her app to help the millions suffering from abuse across the country."
For more information about Carr, please read Charlotte Jee's article.

Positive Champions and Using STEM to Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

UN Women States:

Girls in Moldova hone their STEM skills and take a stand against domestic violence.

"Sixty-five girls aged 16 to 20 from 13 regions of Moldova learned web development, robotics, and 3D printing at the third edition of GirlsGoIT summer camp that took place on 21-30 July in Chisinau, Moldova. The participants have also visited several technology companies, such as DAS Solutions, Moldcell, Matrix and Tekwill. Additionally, DAS Solutions offered internships for two summer camp participants. ... Besides acquiring new technical skills, girls have also learned more about their rights. In a session organized by UN Women, girls participated in a discussion with UN Women staff and Maia Taran, a survivor of violence and a “Positive Champion” - inspiring other women survivors of domestic violence to seek help. The conversation was about human rights and preventing domestic violence and cyber violence."

Read the entire article here.


Brenda Hill, author of Domestic Violence Awareness: Actions for Social Change, has provided a definition of accountability that fully encompasses the actions necessary to be accountable.

We have tweaked the definition a bit to make it more universal.

Hill states, "... Accountability means that [we] take responsibility for violence in all its forms. This requires honest self-examination, and directly, openly owning [our] behaviors. It includes acknowledging the impact [our actions have on others]. True accountability requires accepting the consequences of [our] behavior, and making significant changes in [our] belief systems and behaviors based upon non-violence and respect for all...."

Way to  go, Hill!