While healthy relationships tend to have a positive effect on emotional development and future relationships, abusive relationships often do the opposite.Dating violence victims are likely to experience suicidal thoughts, antisocial behaviors, depression and anxiety, and engage in unhealthy behaviors such as alcohol and drug use.Vice President Joe Biden is leading a campaign called “1 is 2 Many” to combat dating violence against young women, which kicks off with a PSA featuring sports stars and targeted at young men.“There’s never, never, never an excuse for a man to raise his hand to a woman other than in self defense,” Biden said .Women between the ages of 16-24 face the highest rate of dating violence.Eighty percent of sexual assaults happen to women under 25, and 1 in 5 women report being sexually assaulted in college.Together Vice President Biden and Mariska toured the Hotline, met with frontline advocates, and observed these life-saving services in action.
The PSA has aired over the summer on the ESPN Networks, the Fox Sports Networks, MLB Network, and the NFL Network, in an effort to reach large numbers of young men.
Today, the Hotline receives an average of 22,000 calls a month, and serves as a critical lifeline for women and men experiencing violence.
The Hotline can connect callers directly to domestic violence shelters, help victims find legal services, and provide the comfort and support needed in a time of crisis.
IN VIDEO MESSAGE, VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN CALLS ON NEW GENERATION TO TAKE ACTION IN PREVENTING DATING VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT AT SCHOOL AND ON CAMPUS, The White House, Office of the Vice President, Washington, DC: September 13, 2011. PARENTAL PUNISHMENT AND PEER VICTIMIZATION AS DEVELOPMENTAL PRECURSORS TO PHYSICAL DATING VIOLENCE INVOLVEMENT AMONG GIRLS, Alison E. Stepp, Shuangyan Xiong, Kate Keenan, Arjan Blokland and Rolf Loeber, PARENTS OF MURDERED DATING VIOLENCE VICTIM, LEGISLATORS AND TEACHERS UNITE TO LAUNCH 'MADE' ~ MOMS AND DADS FOR EDUCATION TO STOP TEEN DATING ABUSE, Liz Claiborne, Inc., New York, NY: December 2, 2008.
Ennett, GOVERNMENT LEADERS, SENIOR POLICY MAKERS, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EXPERTS DISCUSS MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO STOP DATING VIOLENCE AMONG MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH AT CAPITOL HILL EVENT, Futures Without Violence and Jewish Women International, Washington, DC: February 10, 2011. Wibbelsman, OUR VULNERABLE TEENAGERS: THEIR VICTIMIZATION, ITS CONSEQUENCES, AND DIRECTIONS FOR PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION, Madeline Wordes and Michell Nunez, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, and The National Center for Victims of Crime, May 2002.