Did you know that 119 women were killed by their former or current partner in Texas in 2014?
Domestic Violence has no color, age, race, or gender. I encountered my first experience around the age of 14. In He Loves Me Not: Buried Tears of Betrayed Love I share my own experience with domestic violence. It is very important to know the signs early on. Here I've listed a few signs you should look for:
Has a history of violence and/or threats use of violence
Constantly checks up on you
Isolates you from your family and friends
Gets upset if he sees you looking at someone else
Blames others for their problems
Humiliates or belittles you
Studies show that 1 in 5 teens will encounter violence in teen dating. Children exposed to abuse in their home are more likely to encounter abuse in their relationships as they perceive this to be normal. The first signs of abuse are usually so unnoticeable you may over look them as an accident or playful joking such as choking, twisting the arm or wrist, pushing or being pinned down. All the extra attention may come off as cute yet is more of a possessive ownership character and can be mistaken for love. Because of the embarrassment abuse brings, teens will not ask for help from family and friends and may even hide the abuse. Each year nearly 10% of high school students are victims of dating violence.
Remember, One Decision Makes All the Difference. If you are experiencing abuse make a plan to remove yourself. Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline for assistance and shelter information at 1-800-799-7233.
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