Reported teen dating violence in oklahoma
In 2011, the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board issued a report that said its most vexing issue was “that one-third of all (domestic-violence) homicides are witnessed by a child and yet, there is no system in place to help them.” In a review of 341 domestic-violence homicides from 1998 to 2010, the board found that a third were witnessed by children.
The board said it had reviewed one case in which “the perpetrator witnessed his own mother kill her abuser during his childhood, and then grew up to abuse and ultimately kill his own wife.
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Thousands of additional cases go unreported, state officials have said.
There were 219 deaths (20.6% of the state total) reported for Tulsa County in that time frame.
While only 16% of the state population, Tulsa accounted for 21% of the fatalities.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence.
If we are to reduce deaths, then surely prevention must be part of the plan.” Domestic Violence Intervention Services, a Tulsa-area nonprofit, provides intervention and prevention services to families affected by domestic and sexual violence.