Media dating violence
In Texas, “dating violence” is defined as an act by an individual that is against another individual with whom that person has or has had a dating relationship and that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, or that is a threat that reasonably places the individual in fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, assault or sexual assault, but does not include defensive measures to protect oneself.
The most effective approaches use multiple strategies to engage youth and the important adults in their lives including parents, teachers and coaches.
Because their comfort and safety is our number one concern, we do not recommend that young people who are currently in unhealthy or abusive relationships speak with the media.
In fact, we only connect media with survivors who have already escaped the abusive relationship and are well on their journey towards healing. Often when a victim speaks to the press shortly after the abuse occurred, the impact is too strong and they open themselves up for more emotional damage.