Teen killed in dating violence

The teens testified that fractured relationships with parents often keep students from confiding in the adults about what's going on with their boyfriends or girlfriends, such as whether abusive patterns are emerging or getting worse.Under provisions of the bill, a court would be able to issue a protection order to someone who is 16 or 17, but would be under a 24-hour window to notify a parent or guardian.

"It’s not easy for me to admit to anyone that I was making a mistake. Well, months had gone by and I was still scared, but I believed...again.

Teens under 16 still could seek a protection order but would have to do it with parental consent."Based on my personal experience, we, as a whole, cannot be protected from our abusers," Ridge View student Chris Kane said.

"Abusers can freely stalk us, harass us at school and jobs."Lawmakers in a Senate subcommittee postponed voting on the bill, citing concerns with increasing penalties for teens committing dating violence.

Research shows that teen girls are not as likely to be as abusive as teen boys.

Teen boys are far more likely to initiate violence and teen girls are more likely to be violent in a case of self-defense.

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