Emotional Abuse and Violence Prevention

Taking a Stand: Emotional Abuse and Violence Prevention

Physical and emotional abuse takes on many forms, including pushing, choking, hitting to verbal taunting, threats to spreading rumors, extortion, and intimidation. This type of abuse can come from friends, boyfriends and girlfriends, parents and other trusted adults, or people that are unknown to the victim. Through information, programs, and activities made available to SADD chapters, we strive to inform and empower teens (victims and bystanders) to break the cycle of abuse in any form and to be a source of strength for other teens who may need help.

What We Are Doing About It

SADD chapters have access to a wealth of information and prevention programming in the areas of bullying, violence prevention, dating violence, and hate crimes.

Youth Violence & Bullying Statistics

  • In 2009, 11.1% of youth in grades 9-12 reported being in a physical fight. [CDC]
  • Five percent (5%) of students did not go to school on one or more occasions during the past month because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school. [CDC]
  • Nearly 8% of students reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property at least one time during the past year. [CDC]
  • One in five (19.9%) students reported being bullied on school property during the past year. [CDC]
  • Juveniles accounted for 16% of all violent crime arrests and 26% of all property crime arrests in 2008. [CDC]
  • In 2008, 1,280 youth were arrested for murder, 3,340 for forcible rape, and 56,000 for aggravated assault. [CDC]

Join the movement or learn more about physical and emotion abuse prevention by contacting us today.