Dating violence: "You don't think it's going to happen to you"
Love Is Not Abuse campaign, "It's time to talk" pledge has nationwide efforts
Silke Deeley of Liberty House explains in order to prevent abuse you must start at the core of the issue
Angela Williams, founder of Voice Today, feels many violent relationships stem from child abuse
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The time to talk is now, that's the pledge people are making nationwide in effort to bring awareness of teen dating violence. It's an issue Liberty House Executive Director, Silke Deeley sees everyday and feels it doesn't get enough attention.
"Until it happens to someone you know, you don't think its going happen to you," Deeley said.
Community leaders agree teaching prevention methods at an early age greatly impacts the amount of success they gain when they mature and develop a relationship.
"So, I think to began the conservation with your teen about dating about what is appropriate that they can come to you and talk to you if there's an issue," Founder of Voice Today, Angela Williams shares.
Issues like physical, verbal and emotional abuse, feeling isolated or controlled. Deeley says many times people enter relationships unaware of what roles they play.
"And you don't see it coming because you didn't know that those are the kind of tactics that abusive people use, that bullies use in order to suck you in," Deeley explains. "And then you're this situation that you don't know how to get out of safely."
She feels education is the stepping stone in generating not only a plan for yourself but a way to spread the word to others from becoming a victim.