MTV is committed to providing information and education about domestic and dating violence to their program audiences.
During episodes where domestic and dating violence is depicted, MTV airs NDVH’s contact information so that viewers have an immediate source of help, and often reaches out to NDVH directly for information and consultation.
"star" Amber Portwood was officially charged last week with two felony counts and one misdemeanor for domestic violence and battery.
What might appear to be a "lil fight" could be just a glimpse into a long-term pattern of controlling, abusive behaviors.
When you witness a friend or family member experiencing violence at the hands of the dating partner, do not dismiss it. Dating violence does not have to leave a physical wound, nor does it have to include severe physical violence to be considered abuse.
What happens in public is often much less severe than what is happening in private. Abuse takes many forms and a skilled abuser may know how to exert power and control over their target without even laying a hand on her or him.
A young woman, Markai, physically attacked her boyfriend James, after learning that he cheated on her in the beginning of their relationship.
On the show, James attempts to escape Markai's aggression but she pursues him.
After the segment, an information card popped up on the television screen with a link to loveisrespect.org, "If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please visit " Seems harmless enough.But for some reason, MTV's seemingly responsible move to provide a help resource spurred hundreds of alarming tweets that reinforce the dire need for us to educate people (young and old) about the reality of dating violence.Generally speaking, someone who hits a dating partner is likely to have done it before and is much more likely to do it again.Break the Cycle defines dating violence as a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. There may not be systematic abuse taking place -- but a highlight reel from a show that condenses ten months of a young person's life into a half-hour does not provide enough information to judge.Regardless, it IS a demonstration of extremely unhealthy relationship behavior.And like it or not, hitting someone just because they hurt your feelings is considered assault in every state. Speak with the parents of any young victim who has been tormented, physically hurt or even murdered by a dating partner.