But over time he became jealous and possessive, accusing her of lying and cheating.By December 2007 Kaity had enough, and she ended the relationship.If we can capture them at a younger age, they’re not as jaded or conditioned to think in a certain way,” Bobbi says.That’s important because teens who view violence in their family are 50 percent more likely to end up in an abusive relationship themselves. We and the millions of people who use this non-profit website to prevent and escape domestic violence rely on your donations. A study funded by the National Institute of Justice found that programs in 30 public schools in New York City cut teen dating violence by up to 50 percent.
Parents Are in the Dark According to Love Is Respect.org, 81 percent of parents either don’t think teen dating violence is an issue or don’t know if it’s an issue. In the United States, 1.5 million high school students experience dating violence every year, and only 33 percent of them report the abuse.
They’re also working on peer-to-peer programs where teens can work together to create groups and activities that promote healthy relationships.
Bobbi and Ric were also instrumental in passing Kaity’s Law, an Arizona law that provides protection to people in dating relationships. “It would be great to get something passed on the federal level to capture those remaining states,” Bobbi says. We’ve seen a rise in orders of protection because of Kaity’s Law, and I feel very strongly that had Kaity’s Law been in effect [her ex-boyfriend] would have been arrested when he assaulted her in public,” Bobbi says.
UMKC senior Jamie Powell is the president of the Multicultural Student Organization.
She's used to having tough conversations with underclassmen."Girls at my high school who were in a relationship and their boyfriend would like push them to the ground in front of everybody," said Powell.