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Domestic Violence (15 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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The author sees his father hit his mother. Instead of keeping quiet, he seeks help and talks to trusted friends and mentors. (full text)
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Margaret starts dating Daisy, who continues to see other girls, even as she accuses Margaret of cheating. Margaret tries to change herself to please Daisy, who gets downright abusive. (full text)
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The author's boyfriend begins pressuring her for sex, acting jealous, and hitting her. It's cheating, however, that's the last straw for her. (full text)
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Domestic violence expert Heather McLain explains what to do if your parent is being abused. (full text)
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A psychotherapist describes what a balanced and healthy relationship looks like. (full text)
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After Jennifer’s mom gets involved with an abusive man, it takes years to repair the damage. (full text)
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The writer loves his girlfriend—when she’s not hitting him. (full text)
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By writing and re-reading her diary, the author gains a better understanding of herself and how to handle her emotional problems. (full text)
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Xavier reflects on how being beaten by his stepfather throughout his childhood affects his behavior and relationships. Suddenly, his stepfather apologizes. (full text)
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After the writer’s mom gets involved in an abusive relationship, she takes a bold step and moves to Atlanta to live with her father to escape her toxic home life. (full text)
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As the writer grows up, she witnesses her father’s abuse of her mother. After intervening in one of their fights, her father moves out and she learns about abuse prevention through a job. (full text)
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The writer shares her story of the family abuse she struggles with and why she felt cutting was the only way to release her frustrations and anger. (full text)
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The writer tries to protect his siblings, mother, and himself from his father’s physical abuse. He discovers that writing is one way to gain a sense of peace and control. (full text)
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The author sees his father hit his mother. Instead of keeping quiet, he seeks help and talks to trusted friends and mentors. (full text)
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In this sidebar, couples are encouraged to discuss and agree to a list of "relationship rights."
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