October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is an increasingly prevalent issue for California youth. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 30 percent to 60 percent of families that experience domestic violence, children also are abused (some estimates of this co-occurrence are even higher).

Additionally, children who witness domestic violence — even if they are not targets of the violence — tend to exhibit the same emotional, behavioral, and academic problems as abused children. Children raised in violent family environments also are at risk of becoming abusers or victims themselves during adolescence or adulthood.

Here in California, about 7% of 11th graders report dating violence, meaning they had been hit, slapped, punched, or otherwise hurt by a boyfriend/girlfriend in the past year, according to 2006-08 data.
See the reported percentage of youth dating violence for your county or school district >>

There were also a total of 166,343 calls for domestic violence related assistance in California in 2008.

Learn more about dating and domestic violence in California >>

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