What is Dating Violence?

Consider the question: what is violence? Is it bloodshed, the art of drawing sanguine life from another? Perhaps it may be the act of simple aggression, or the application of force upon another. Does it involve danger, death, or otherwise? Violence is an idea pondered by many to be associated with negative actions, negative emotions, and wounds resulting. What happens when there is no safety to be had from this violence; when violence grows to plague your attempts at romantic pursuits?

First, the nature of Dating Violence should be considered, and what it involves. Dating Violence is illegal, aggressive behavior propagated between two individuals, from one unto another, in a marital, dating, or deeper relationship, even up to six months after that relationship has been ended (defined by the police department of the University of Florida). These aggressive behaviors involve emotional, verbal, even physical abuse that results in harm or long term injury. Sexual abuse as well falls under this jurisdiction, such as non consensual sexual interaction or otherwise.

Dating Violence is a plague upon the pursuit of romantic relationships. When propagated at young ages, or at any age for that matter, a lack of treatment and assistance may place individuals involved into higher risk of expanding and increasing the severity of such violent acts, creating trauma or other problems. As a grim reminder of the severity of this concept and effect, Loveisrespect.org claims the attempted suicide rate of abused male and female victims are around 50%, compared to 12.5% of non-abused women, and 5.4% of non-abused men. This is a staggeringly large increase in the trauma as a result of this abuse.

Perhaps the threat of such a thing may never occur around you. It is a simple endeavor to fall within the roundabout way of thinking: ‘it does not affect me directly, so it is not important to me’. There is logic in this argument, however ignorance of the prevalent threat. Loveisrespect.org as well provides that merely 33% of teen relationships actually come forward and call attention to the abuse. The majority, approximately 58%, of adult parents were unable to identify signs of Dating Violence and abuse within their child’s or children’s relationships. How can this provide insight into the pervasiveness of such a problem within dating in modern day? This means the majority of individuals who take upon themselves to simply ignore the concept of Dating Violence on the belief it does not occur around them most likely cannot accurately identify the signs of abusive relationships. It may be around you, and it may be you who chooses to ignore it.

Dating violence is a serious concern. A matter for which has become moderately shewn into the forefront of our focus. To improve the quality of life, and general happiness and well-being of the population, and prevent further trauma from the plagues of such abuse and violence, it is vital to educate oneself and learn the warning signs of such behavior, before they occur. If you remain in an abusive relationship, you must contact assistance from Emergency Services, or local assistance as quickly as possible. Do not let the suffering suffer from lack of action. You are worth more than you’d care to know.

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