Plus, it’s hard to communicate with teens in love, and for young people to know what is, and isn’t, an abusive relationship.
“It may be the first relationship they’ve ever been in, and they might not know what is normal or healthy, or abnormal or unhealthy,” Crecente says.
I never imagined such shame and at 15 years old, understood it even less. It was those incidents that left long-lasting emotional scars. My story begins at the age of 14 and continues off and on until I was 22.The first step in domestic violence is to charm the victim; the second is to isolate the victim. I began believing I deserved the abuse, and thought everybody else believed I was who he said I was.The hell became so familiar that it was easier to stay rather than leave.Seeing the life-long trauma she has experienced made me want to be a part of a culture that does not tolerate that kind of behavior.
PAVE supports healthy relationships in my community and gave me the skills I needed to be a better partner, friend, and ally.After his daughter, Jennifer Ann, was murdered by an ex-boyfriend in 2006, Drew Crecente wondered what he could do to raise awareness about teen dating violence.