Durham, NC – Domestic violence is a public health crisis, especially for our teens. There is no excuse, you can’t keep ignoring it. In particular, as many as one-third of teens experience some form of abuse in their dating relationships, including verbal, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse – the vast majority of parents are grossly unaware of the problem.
Durham Chapter, The Links Incorporated and Durham Crisis Response Center invite the public to attend The Many Faces of Domestic Violence: A Closer Look at Unhealthy Teen Relationships, on October 21, 2017 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Monument of Faith Church, 900 Simmons Street, Durham, NC.
This highly informative and interactive workshop has two primary objectives:
- To help all adults, parents, grandparents and others, identify when teens might be in a compromising relationship, and
- To enable teen’s ability to identify and end unhealthy relationships.
Even as you read this, teen girls are being hit, slapped, belittled, and sexually abused by a dating partner. It’s called teen dating violence. And the sad truth is, it may be happening to a teen girl you love. Your daughter. Your sister. Your friend. An even sadder truth? You may not know about it. Many people don’t.
When they think of domestic violence, they usually envision adults, or, they minimize it, attributing it to fights between young lovers or the drama of puppy love. In addition, many teen victims rarely tell others about the abuse. They may fear reporting crimes because they have acted against their parents’ wishes or fear retaliation by their perpetrators.
How can you help end the tragedies which begin and end with violence against women and children? First, “Don’t look away” – understand the challenges, the solutions, and the support that can be offered. Is there anyone who doesn’t know or suspect someone – a neighbor, sister, or godchild; a student, church member, or babysitter?
Come, hear firsthand from experts: survivors, crisis center workers, emergency nurses. They know these issues, can help develop solutions to stop domestic and sexual violence against women and children, and support those who have been victimized. As President Obama recently said, “It’s on us!”
For further information, you may contact, DCRC at 919-403-9425 or www.durhamcrisisresponse.org and The Durham Chapter of The Links Incorporated at http://www.durhamnclinks.org.
About The Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 282 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.
The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.