In the 16-minute movie geared toward teens, Natalie suffers the cycle of physical and emotional abuse by her boyfriend Alex.A new initiative introduced by El Paso County officials aimed at reducing domestic violence. They seem like a normal newly wed couple on the outside, but when they are alone, the cycle of abuse is revealed.
Research shows that prevention efforts – by teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and even students – can reduce violence and improve the overall school environment.Estimates are that 1 out of 4 women will experience an abusive relationship and there are often many early, detectible warning signs. Controlling behaviors often are the first indicators – anything they ask or demand you do to change who you are, your appearance or behavior seem like simple, compromise-type relationship concessions but are often veiled warning signs that this relationship may turn abusive.Physical or sexual violence may occur without warning.Recognizing the warning signs and symptoms of spousal abuse is the first step, but taking action is the most important step in breaking free.Feeling uncomfortable or being afraid in your relationship is the number 1 red flag that your relationship is not healthy.Dating violence crosses all socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and religious lines. Offer to go with your friend for professional help.