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The Clarion

The student news site of Hawthorne High School.

The Clarion

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The Clarion


Shedding Light on Dating Violence


In a society where relationships are meant to be built on trust and respect, dating violence remains a disturbingly prevalent issue. As advocates strive to bring this silent epidemic to the forefront, the importance of dating violence awareness has never been clearer.

Dating violence, which includes physical, emotional, or verbal abuse within a romantic relationship, affects all individuals of all backgrounds and ages. Often shrouded in silence and fear, victims may hesitate to speak out due to shame, embarrassment, or the belief that their experiences are isolated.

In an effort to break the silence, advocates are mobilizing campaigns to raise awareness about dating violence and provide resources for those affected. Educational programs in schools and communities are crucial in empowering individuals to recognize the signs of abuse and encouraging open dialogue about healthy relationships.

Recent studies indicate that a significant number of young adults experience dating violence, emphasizing the need for preventative measures. Schools and community organizations need to collaborate to implement comprehensive education programs that equip individuals with the tools to build respectful relationships and identify potential red flags.

Lawmakers are also taking notice, with increased efforts to enact legislation that protects victims and holds perpetrators accountable. This includes strengthening restraining orders, providing legal support for victims, and ensuring that dating violence is treated with the severity it deserves. 

In the age of technology, dating apps and social media platforms are also being scrutinized for their role in facilitating or exacerbating dating violence. Tech companies are being urged to implement safety features and guidelines to create safer online spaces for users. 

As the call for dating violence awareness gains momentum, it is essential for individuals, communities, and policymakers to unite in the fight against relationship abuse. By fostering a culture that prioritizes health relationships and dismantling the stigma surrounding dating violence, we can strive towards creating a society where everyone feels safe, respected, and free from the shadows of abuse. 

If you or someone you know is in a crisis, get help immediately. You can call 911 or call or text the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

Disaster Distress Helpline: Get Immediate Crisis Counseling and Support | SAMHSA : the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline 

Veterans Crisis Line: call 988 then press 1; text 838255 or click on  Chat to connect with 24/7 support

National Domestic Violence Hotline Hours: 24/7. Languages: English, Spanish and 200+ through interpretation service call:  800-799-7233

About the Contributor
Abigail Rios, Staff Writer
Hi, my name is Abigail Rios. I am a senior here at Hawthorne High School and this is my first year writing for the Clarion. I look forward to writing articles for you to enjoy.