LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Only a few states have laws that adequately equip teen victims of dating violence with tools for protection and safety, according to a new report from a watchdog group.
The report by Los Angeles, California-based Break the Cycle includes state-by-state report cards that measure how each state treats teen victims of dating violence in comparison with the treatment of adult domestic violence victims.
“Our schools need to be safe havens for all students, and it is critical that we provide school leaders with tools and resources to help them become stronger partners in reducing teen dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence…
Like bullying, teen dating violence has far-reaching consequences for the health and life outcomes of victims.
Young victims should have access to the legal system and other sensitive services needed to ensure their safety.
Unfortunately, teens often face overwhelming obstacles to these basic legal protections, many of which are written into their states' laws.
Missouri, which got an F, makes such orders available only to adults.
It can happen between past or current partners, spouses, or boyfriends and girlfriends.
Domestic violence affects men and women of any ethnic group, race, or religion; gay or straight; rich or poor; teen, adult, or elderly. In fact, 1 out of 4 women will be a victim at some point.
be behind in developing and enforcing laws on this issue? students report having experienced some form of abuse!
Check out Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which happens each February, and these additional organizations and resources below to learn more about the different kinds of abuse, how to spot it and much more.