Teens Often Struggle To Separate Love From Abuse

Teens in love

Nearly one in five teenage girls say their boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm when presented with a break-up, according to a 2008 study on domestic violence among youth.

Sarah Van Zanten, a 19-year-old who survived domestic violence; Drew Crecente, who lost his teenage daughter, Jennifer Ann, to an abusive boyfriend, and Sheryl Cates, of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, share personal stories of survival and loss.



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