In the United States, one in five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped or pushed by a partner. 14% of teens report their boyfriend or girlfriend threatened to harm them or themselves in an effort to avoid a breakup. Many studies show that as dating relationships become more serious, the more potential there is for violent behavior if things don’t go well.
The Silent Witness Initiative
The goal of the Silent Witness National Initiative has become 0 murders by 2020, specifically zero domestic murders by the year 2020. As hope was born, the healing began to happen while the organization took form. Today all 50 states are involved as well as thirty-five countries world-wide. Since its inception, Silent Witness has been instrumental in the discovery and promotion of successful domestic violence reduction projects. The March and conference was successfully accomplished in 1997 and in 2003 many of the witnesses gathered for a march in Providence, R.I. The original twenty-seven women (witnesses) whose murders prompted the passion to create the Silent Witness Initiative have prevailed. Their stories have been heard across the country calling for the healing to continue until there are no more domestic murders and domestic violence is eliminated in our homes and communities world-wide.