Teen dating violence article
Teens are often reluctant to disclose abuse to an authority figure.
As a judge, we are one of the clearest sociological symbols of authority.
Above all, you want her comfortable talking to you.
Remember that a risk-benefit calculation is much less clear to teens, particularly a teen that has been traumatized by abuse.
As eloquently put by the National Institute of Mental Health report on the teen brain “…the brain does not begin to resemble that of an adult until the early 20s…the parts of the brain responsible for more “top-down” control, controlling impulses, and planning ahead—the hallmarks of adult behavior—are among the last to mature.”Likewise, teen dating violence is not identical to adult domestic violence.
Teens have specific vulnerabilities unique to their age and development.
Teens may have difficulty weighing consequences and may either minimize or catastrophize potential courses of action.
For example, a teen victim may fear telling her parents about an abusive partner because of a prohibition on dating.
That’s why NCJFCJ and I put together this article entitled you may need to know, but it’s a start.
They included children who were both male and female, heterosexual and LGBTQ, and from every ethnic background imaginable.
It was, and is, very sad to me that while these children are supposed to be focusing on the challenge of adolescence, they were instead grappling with the violence caused by their partners.
century when children were thought of as tiny adults in children’s clothing.
Teens and adolescents are developmentally and emotionally unique.It’s not unusual to find adolescents who display a “lack of respect, verbal abuse, put-downs, involvement of alcohol or drugs and a [general] disregard for privacy,” according to a report from the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs.