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Bar News - October 18, 2013

Talking About Teen Dating Violence

NHBA President Jaye Rancourt is convening a work group to develop an informational program for New Hampshire schools to teach students about the problem – and the consequences – of teen dating violence.

She intends for the program to discuss how to identify signs of abuse in relationships and explain the potential legal consequences in New Hampshire of abusive behavior in a dating relationship. The information developed will be available for lawyers participating in the Lawyer and Judge in Every School visits that take place in May.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Rancourt.

Did you know...
• Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

• One in four high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.

• Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate-partner violence; almost triple the national average.

• Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.

• The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

• Half of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non-abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
  • Only 33 percent of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.

• 81 percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know whether it’s an issue.

• A teen’s confusion about the law and the desire for confidentiality are two of the most significant barriers stopping young victims of abuse from seeking help.

• New Hampshire is the only state where the law specifically allows a minor of any age to apply for a protection order; more than half of states do not specify the minimum age of a petitioner.


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