Teen dating violence cases
She went to the shelter about two months ago and found specialized care, a place to stay, food to eat, and a community of supporters who are helping her get back on her feet after her traumatic experience, she said. Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS) is just one of several local advocacy organizations that provide invaluable support for domestic abuse victims, and they never turn anyone away. But funding for such programs can be hard to come by, Pelaéz said.
The bulk of Thompson’s abuse occurred in her adult years, but she said more teens should be aware of the “red flags” in such relationships. FVPS receives City, state, and federal funding, but the organization relies heavily on the support of community members who believe in their cause.
Young men often mimic behavior of abuse learned from father figures while young women, she said, typically lash out physically or verbally in response to abusive behavior by their male partner.
The digital world, namely smartphones and social media, has changed the face of abuse.
City officials believe violence is a public health concern, though more often treated as a crime and safety issue.