It is commonly known that arguments and disagreements can get out of hand, and subsequently can result in criminal allegations. Because there is such a fine line between a domestic dispute and domestic violence, it is important that Georgia residents understand that there are many scenarios which can result in criminal allegations, charges, and strict penalties.
While the issue of domestic violence, especially between adult partners, is commonly discussed in the media, there is a form of domestic violence that is rarely discussed, but equally as damning if a conviction is obtained – and that is teen dating violence. Because October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our office would like to take a moment to discuss teen dating violence, as well as how it differs from traditional domestic violence incidents.
Q: What is Teen Dating Violence?
A: Teen dating violence can be defined as any behavior that is threatening, abusing, or damaging. The most pertinent examples include verbal abuse, sexual assault, physical harm, and emotional or psychological abuse.
Q: Who are the Common Victims of Teen Dating Violence?
A: The most common demographic to be victimized by teen dating violence are adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age.
Q: How Prevalent is Teen Dating Violence?
A: It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million adolescents in high school report intentional violence by a romantic partner within a year’s time.
Q: Why is Teen Dating Violence Not Talked About?
A: The primary reason why teen dating violence is not talked about is that most cases of such abuse go unreported. In fact, as many as two-thirds of such cases are unreported, while the other one-third is reported to a confidant or law enforcement.
Knowing the Difference
It is important to remember that not every act of aggression, anger, or even violence constitutes teen dating violence. There are many situations where an individual’s behavior may get out of hand, but the individual is not necessarily a criminal or abuser. It is important that teenagers are made aware of the dangers of violence, know who to contact for help, and refrain
from making allegations against individuals who are not guilty. Earlier this year, Georgia lawmakers attempted to pass HB 882, designed to change Georgia law to require personal safety and rape prevention programs into educational curriculum. HB 882 failed, leaving a gap in effective prevention and awareness programs for teenagers in Georgia schools.
Get Legal Help
Just because someone is accused of committing a crime, such as teen dating violence, does not mean that he or she is guilty. In many cases, the heart of the issue is a misunderstanding or impulsive behavior not intended to be criminal. It is important that teenagers are made aware of Georgia law, including criminal charges and penalties, in order to avoid unfortunate misunderstandings and unreported incidents.
If you or someone you know has been accused of teen dating violence, act quickly. It is crucial to begin protecting and defending your rights immediately following such an accusation. With the help of an experienced Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney, it is possible to secure the best outcome possible and avoid a life long criminal record. At Abt Law Firm, LLC, we understand how complicated and challenging the criminal justice process can be, and we will fight diligently to get you the results that you need. Contact us to schedule a free consultation 24/7 at 1-800-NOJAIL-9 (1-800-665-2459). We will gladly conduct a consultation over the phone, at the jail, or here in our office.