YNet members are planning to attend the next hearing on the issue in two weeks.Even with awareness and education, however, YNet member Hochstin said her group still faces the hurdle of getting victims to take the bold step of seeking help."We can step in prior to that and hopefully curtail the abuse." Cochran said he hopes, with more awareness, this generation can break the cycle of domestic abuse, which has grown increasingly prevalent in the community. While physical abuse cases involving teenagers are not frequently reported in Greenwich, he said many teens come to police when they are being stalked, harassed or blackmailed.
Along with similar groups in Fairfield County, they have also testified and campaigned for Hartford legislators to enact a law requiring every middle school and high school in the state to distribute policy on teen dating violence and include related curriculum in the classroom.
Of the 20,010 calls received by the YWCA's 24-hour domestic abuse hot line in 2009, 21 percent were from people ages 16 to 21, officials said.
Suzanne Adams, the director of domestic abuse services at the YWCA, said many teenagers often don't recognize signs of abuse in their own relationships.
Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has made it a priority to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence and provide several resources to educate and assist Arkansans on this pressing issue.
Laura’s Card is a resource card for law enforcement agencies, service providers and victims that includes victims' rights, crisis lines, contacts for shelters and law enforcement and other information.