He glanced at her in the seat next to him and thought, .
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 are the most susceptible to dating violence (about triple the national average).
According to a survey by the CDC, 23% of females and 14% of males who experienced abuse by an intimate partner, first experienced it between the ages of 11 and 17 years.
She recalls disciplining her three-year-old son, and in her scolding he told her his ‘’ (pointing to the room in which she was frequently abused) and beat her when he got home. Tanisha knew at that moment if she didn’t leave her partner the abuse cycle would repeat.
She questioned the messages she was sending her children and how it would affect them in the future. Today, fourteen years later, Tanisha carries her message to other abuse survivors by speaking out both locally and nationally on issues of abuse.
The Yates Center in Kansas City, Kansas, a domestic violence agency, works one-on-one with teens to help them identify and escape teen domestic violence.
Durriyyah Anderson works with teens at the Yates Center."They're not even necessarily aware at times of what an abusive relationship looks like. If something is normal to you, then you will go out and repeat what is normal to you," said Anderson.
These negative experiences can lead to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
In the fading twilight, the headlights of an approaching car reminded Bill to reach for the dashboard and turn on his lights.
"At that age, that's just what crazy love was supposed to be or what high school love was. Powell believes pop culture and social media play a huge role in why teens continue the cycle of abuse.