Q. What is teen dating violence?
A. Teen dating violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to manipulate power and control in a relationship. It may involve physical, emotional, verbal and/or sexual abuse.
Q. What does PACT stand for?
A. PACT stands for Parkhill, Algonquin and California Teens – referring to teens in these neighborhoods in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky.
Q. Why is PACT focused on the Parkhill, Alqonquin and California neighborhoods (40210 zip code)?
A. While we would love to implement this program throughout the city, state and nation, we only have the resources to focus on a specific area at this time. These neighborhoods were selected because of higher numbers of risk factors, lower numbers of protective factors and the community’s willingness to embrace and support the project. We hope the success of this initiative will allow us to take it into other parts of the community in the future.
Q. Can I get involved even if I don’t live in these neighborhoods?
A. We would love to have you join our efforts to eliminate dating violence, no matter where you live – sign up as a volunteer to learn how you can help us!
Q. Is teen dating violence a problem in our community?
A. One in three teens in the U.S. experiences physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse at the hands of a dating partner (www.loveisrespect.org). The prevalence of teen dating violence in our community is difficult to determine because data is not collected in a way that specifies whether violent incidents between youth occur in the context of dating relationships. We do know that the Parkhill, Algonquin and California neighborhoods rank among the lowest in Louisville with regard to supportive adults, feelings of safety and positive relationships among teens. These factors increase the risk of the occurrence of dating violence.
Q. What can I do if have experienced teen dating violence (or know someone else who has)?
A. Know that you are not alone and there are people who will support you. Don’t hesitate to talk to a parent, family member, teacher or adult you trust. You can also call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 (toll free, 24 hours a day) or text “loveis” to 22522 to text with a peer advocate. There are lots of online resources that may help you – visit our Links page to check them out. SAFETY REMINDER: Computers store information on everything you do and every site you visit on the internet. It is not always possible to clear or delete all evidence of your computer history. If you think your partner is tracking your internet activity, consider using public computers at libraries, coffee shops and schools rather than your personal computer. Learn more about computer safety.