No one deserves to feel unsafe in a romantic relationship.
In this country, six million women are beaten each year by an intimate partner and four thousand women are murdered.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
In Washington, the incidence of domestic violence had been decreasing, but from 2008-2009, it increased by 12%.
In 2009, 30% of all homicides involved domestic violence, with the total number of domestic violence homicide victims being 62.
Teen dating violence [PDF 187KB] is defined as the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking. Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: Findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships.
It can occur in person or electronically and might occur between a current or former dating partner. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development.
Victims often experience abuse that gets more severe over time as the abuser tries to control or dominate them.Cost: Accepts private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, private pay, and offers a sliding fee scale depending upon availability.Additional Information: Domestic violence counseling; family support; homelessness and housing services; other counseling services.Family Law CASA does not endorse or support any of the organizations named below; the information is simply provided to assist those seeking resources.The list may not be complete and does not include those in private practice.