Battered and Beautiful is focused on education and advocacy. For the next few weeks, we will be anonymously posting the stories of women who have reached out to us with their stories of teen dating violence in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Our first story comes from a young woman who had her first brush with dating abuse at the age of 13.
Teen dating violence can affect anyone anywhere, regardless of status or wealth. Education and awareness of the cycle of abuse are necessary for prevention. We need to bring awareness about how common this problem is, how it affects the families in our communities, and what we can do to help survivors.
If you’re a survivor of TDV and want to help us spread awareness about this issue, we would love to hear from you. To share your story with us, you can either message us directly or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We keep everything completely anonymous.
If you or someone you love is experiencing TDV, please know that there are resources to help you. You can visit the National Domestic Violence hotline at www.thehotline.org for more resources.