Posts Tagged ‘relationship violence’

How can I help runaway and homeless youth in my community to be safe from abuse?

October 31st, 2013 No comments

Millions of youth run away or are thrown out from their homes every year. Yet, services designed to support them are rare in most communities. National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM), sponsored every November by the National Runaway Safeline, is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of and educate others in your community. The goals of NRPM are two-fold: 1) to raise awareness about the issues that runaways and homeless youth face, and 2) educate the public about strategies to prevent youth from running away from home.

Domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, in particular, are increasingly seeking information and training in the RHY field, given the significant overlap between abuse and homelessness. Exposure to the ongoing abuse of a parent or a child’s own experiences of neglect or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse are all too often the causes of youth running away or being forced from their homes. Life on the streets often exposes them to additional risks or victimization. Not surprisingly, what they have seen in an abusive home environment or experienced on the street is often repeated by the youth themselves in their own relationships. Because homeless youth have so little control over their lives, using violence in relationships may be a way of trying to feel more in control (Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit, 2009).
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‘¡No te Dejes! :’ County launches anti-domestic violence campaign from El Paso Times, 2/12/12

February 16th, 2012 No comments

The article reports, “A new initiative introduced Friday by county officials is aimed at reducing domestic and dating violence among adults and teens. … District Attorney Jaime Esparza and County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal unveiled the program, which is funded by an $80,000 grant from Gov. Rick Perry’s Criminal Justice Department. Officials with the county and district attorneys’ offices will begin scheduling presentations at schools on March 1 to talk about dating violence. ‘Trying to address the issue (of dating and domestic violence) is very important to the both of us,’ Esparza said during the news conference. As part of the initiative, officials are distributing a 16-minute video produced by a local company, MindWarp Entertainment, that depicts the fictional story of teenager Natalie Rivera, who becomes a victim of dating violence.”

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