This post was written by Kat Robinson.
Think of a time when you saw or heard of something that seemed problematic or harmful, whether or not you did something.
That was the first question a room full of people were prompted with last Tuesday at the University of Texas at Austin’s Interpersonal Violence Committee meeting, hosted by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center's Voices Against Violence program. The committee meets once a semester to share resources, ideas and connect on interpersonal violence prevention and response. While usually open only to UT Austin community members, they made an awesome exception for loveisrespect and we had the privilege of sitting in on the meeting.
When abuse is happening in a relationship, it can affect whole families - including children who are witnesses to the abuse and violence.
Watching your parent deal with an abusive relationship is extremely tough and can cause a range of emotions, like resentment, guilt, fear, grief, and anger. It can be especially difficult if you are still living at home or have younger siblings still living at home. Having feelings of love and attachment to our parents is very normal, even if one of them is abusive in some way. If you feel like something isn’t right in your family, but you also have those feelings at the same time, the situation can become confusing, complicated, or overwhelming.
Today's post was written by Tatsumi Romano, a member of our National Youth Advisory Board.