Are you on Twitter? Want to share your thoughts about how young people can play a role in ending domestic and dating violence? Join @loveisrespect on Tuesday, October 28 at 8 p.m. ET for a Twitter Town Hall, hosted by @VAWnet and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (@NationalDVAM).
To celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), we’ll be chatting about the importance of young voices in the movement to end domestic and dating violence and sharing resources for youth leaders. The Town Hall will also be a great opportunity to engage with these organizations:
Being in an unhealthy or abusive relationship is already a difficult situation. Alcohol and drug abuse only make matters worse.
Today's post was written by Alexis O., a member of the National Youth Advisory Board. To learn more about the NYAB, click here.
When I was growing up, I watched my mother fall in and out of love with men who were nothing but bad for her. There was never a day when my mother and her man of the week weren’t at each others throats, and I watched, day after day as he verbally and physically abused her. Later in the day she would go crawling back, because she thought no one else would want her - a thought put in her head by the same person who had earlier called her a “stupid slut.” I always knew somewhere deep down that their behavior was abnormal, and I swore to myself to never end up like my mother had.