Domestic Violence in Teenage Relationships
The official definition of domestic violence is to be changed from March 2013 to ensure that thousands of teenage victims who are abused while in a relationship get the help and support they need. It is also to be widened to explicitly include “coercive control”, which is defined as complex patterns of abuse by one partner using power and psychological control over another, such as financial, verbal abuse or enforced social isolation.
If you are a young person suffering domestic abuse and would like to talk to someone about your situation, please contact our confidential helpline for help and advice. The Liberty Centre has a specially trained young person’s IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) who will be able to support you.
Helpline number 0808 100 3062.
This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is The British Crime Survey has recently found that young people are more likely to suffer partner abuse than any other age group, with 12.7% of women and 6.2% of men aged 16-19 having experienced some kind of domestic abuse in the last year.
A survey of teenagers in 2009 by the children’s charity NSPCC found that 75% of girls experienced some form of emotional abuse, 33% of girls experienced some form of sexual abuse and 25% some form of physical abuse. Three-quarters of the girls surveyed who a partner at least two years older than themselves had said they had experienced some form of physical violence.
- You believe that you deserve to be hurt & humiliated.
- You stop seeing your family, to avoid arguments.
- You stop seeing your friends to avoid arguments.
- You are scared to express your point of view.
- You change your behaviour so as not to upset your partner.
- Feel afraid of your partner a lot of the time.
- Avoid saying things that may cause your partner to lose their temper.
Please use the Contact Form below if you need information, support or counselling.