Starting young to prevent dating abuse
In other words, young women are still subject to the same belief system that campaigners have spent decades trying to erase – “it’s my fault” or that violence can somehow be justified.
And other recent surveys suggest that approximately 40 per cent of young people are already being subjected to relationship abuse in their teenaged years.
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It is not uncommon for domestic violence survivors to feel hesitant, skeptical or cautious about establishing new intimate relationships.
While abuse is a traumatic experience, “It is one experience, and to put that on every [potential] partner you encounter is also a problem,” Raja says.
The fact that many young people are unaware that it is not just violence that constitutes abuse suggests that the incidence may indeed be higher than recorded statistics suggest.