Boschee noted that two more – Indiana and Arkansas – are moving toward similar protections amid a storm of backlash over their religious-freedom legislation that business leaders and civil rights groups worry would further discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
There are multiple types of abuse, including: mental, emotional, sexual, digital, financial, spiritual/cultural and physical. Focus on your friend, not on their abusive partner. Be prepared with information about community resources that could give them information and guidance. For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse.
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We focus our energy and resources on connecting victims of sexual and domestic violence, as well as, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking to services in their communities.
Sometimes abusive behavior does not cause pain or even leave a bruise, but it’s still unhealthy. Let them share whatever they are comfortable sharing with you. Help your friend recognize that abuse is not normal and that it is not their fault. Do not attempt to confront the abusive partner or tell the victim that you will confront them. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in 2005 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the re authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.
Each type of abuse is serious and no one deserves to experience it in any form. Acknowledge their feelings and be respectful of their decisions. The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse.