“Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States are a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner- a figure that mirrors victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth” (Future without Violence). Even though domestic violence can happen mostly to mothers or female adults, it can happen to adolescents too. Adults should help adolescent because adolescent are almost becoming adult and if they continue going through this since they’re adolescent then they won’t never feel safe and will leave them with a trauma of events in their lives.  This could also affect adolescent’s education in school or families. A website called “Future without Violence” mention what age does teens can go through domestic violence, they mention, “Women age 16 to 24 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault, and people age 18 and 19 experience the highest rates of stalking” (Future without Violence). This shows how many people of that same age group has been through domestic violence. Domestic violence could happen to anyone at any age. We need to help adolescent who are going through domestic violence so they can’t go through pain in their lives or have a trauma event.
One question that I mention in my interviews was “What do you think should be done about domestic violence in Oakland?” I interviewed a resource teacher named Isabella Pelayo, and I told her the question and her response was, “Teenagers should be educated in what are healthy relationship and what is domestic violence” (Pelayo). What Pelayo has mentioned in the interview was important because adolescents so be educated on what is domestic violence ahead of time because they could know if their relationship is in a domestic violence state or not. We should make an organization for adolescents to learn more about domestic violence. By helping young adolescents on knowing what is domestic violence is important because there are many types of domestic violence from physical and emotional by knowing this, they’ll have a better knowing on what is domestic violence. Also for this organization, this should help adolescent who went through domestic violence and give them the chance to fight back and to let them stand up.

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7 Comments
  1. Michelle 6 months ago

    Dear Julissa,

  2. Magali 6 months ago

    Hi, Julissa!!! I enjoyed reading your post. I do think that teen dating violence is a topic that many people are not aware of. I also believe that adolescents should be educated ahead of time about domestic violence, to prevent it from happening. A sentence that caught my attention from reading your post is “we should make an organization for adolescents to learn more about domestic violence”. This quote stood out to me because an organization would be a great idea for adolescents to talk about their feelings and emotions and to receive the extra support that they need. If they become involved in an organization, it will help them to have a voice in our society, by advocating for themselves, and for other adolescents who are suffering from dating violence.

    Thank you for writing about this topic. I look forward to read your other posts.

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      Julissa 6 months ago

      Dear Magali,
      I’m happy that you enjoy my post! When you said that this quote, “we should make an organization for adolescents to learn more about domestic violence,” stood you out I think it’s important that adolescent should learn this sooner so they can have better understanding on domestic violence. And I agree that we should start a organization to help adolescent. Thank you for reading my post.

  3. Maria 6 months ago

    Hey Julissa,

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I think teen dating violence is not a huge subject addressed today because not a lot of them speak out about it. I would assume emotions of being scared or nervous take over them, and at times they don’t know who they are able to run to for help. I find it to be important that beginning at an early age, maybe middle school, teachers and parents should let students become aware of the signs that they could be involved in a violent teen relationship. This not only educates students on what an unhealthy relationship looks like, but as well as giving them the resources they need if they do find themselves in these situations. As for the organization, I find this to be an awesome idea to provide help, but funding would be something to question. I think the best way to educate teens on this issue is for them to learn it through people they are comfortable with and see everyday. Teachers and parents have a powerful influence on their children, and I’m sure they would genuinely care for the health and safety of their teens.

    Foremost, you seem to have a great interest for the teens facing dating violence. This gives me the understanding that you have the desire to help the community. I myself as well have the heart to help others, and try to do as much as I can handle to help. It might not be something big, but even you can start helping your peers become aware of this issue. Suggesting an assembly with your teachers would be a great way to start, you could even find people with great testimonies to be examples of how they overcame their teen dating violence.

  4. Fili 7 months ago

    Dear julissa ,

    I am excited about your post because it blows me away that teenager male is using bad violence against their girlfriends.Also one thing from your post that was very exciting was Teenagers should be educated in what are healthy relationship and what is domestic violence”.
    One thing you said that stands out for me is: ““Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States are a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.” I think this is sad and bad because it makes the girl very scared and they call the police.

    Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i was sleeping and i heard my mom crying.i woke up and went into the kitchen my dad was hitting my mom.I was feeling very scared at the moment and was crying saying stop.
    Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i might need to talk to you about this more.Also make this a law so men don’t use violence again their women.

  5. Leah 7 months ago

    Dear Julissa Teens Dating Violence:

    I am satisfied with your post “Teens Dating Violence,” because your article provided a perspective, with statistics and opinions.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Adults should help adolescent because adolescent are almost becoming adult and if they continue going through this since they’re adolescent then they won’t never feel safe and will leave them with a trauma of events in their lives.” I think this is a bit confusing because goes from one concept to another.

    Another sentence that I was thrown by was: “We need to help adolescent who are going through domestic violence so they can’t go through pain in their lives or have a trauma event.” This stood out for me because in an earlier argument you stated you thought the parents/adults should get involve and then you say “we”… Who are “we”? And how can “We” and “Adults/ Parents get involved to help the victim.
    I do agree with you that the adult should get involved but I believe it genuinely depends on the way the parent plan on getting involved. One reason I say this is to ensure the safety of the perp (because they sincerely are a victim too). Another reason I agree with you is that the traumatic events can affect both the students social and academic life.
    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you not only wrote but you wrote were the audience can choose and say what’s right and what’s wrong.

  6. Andrea 7 months ago

    Dear Julissa,
    I was excited about your post,”Teens dating Violence” because I enjoyed how you were focusing on adolescent. This is important because not a lot of people realize that. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is,”Adults should help adolescent because adolescent are almost becoming adult and if they continue going through this since they’re adolescent then they won’t never feel safe and will leave them with a trauma of events in their lives”. I think this is a very important sentence because I also agree this is a very important time in a persons life it can influence the future of a person.Another sentence that I was amazed from was,”Also for this organization, this should help adolescent who went through domestic violence and give them the chance to fight back and to let them stand up”. This stood out to me because it was a very brilliant idea to think of a organization for adolescents to educate them and help them. Your post reminds me of something that I wrote. I recently also researched about domestic violence. Instead of focusing only on the victim I focused on different perspectives. I also focused on adolescents/youth because I feel like they also experience problems. I feel like this is a very important topic a lot of people don’t realize. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I agree with the the ideas you have. I also liked how you focus on a different perspective and try to create something that will help a lot pf people.

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