LEXINGTON, Neb. — According to the Parent and Child Center in Lexington, one in three young people will be in an abusive or unhealthy relationship.
Angie Miller, the center’s community educator, said violent behavior begins between 6th and 12th grade and many young teens start dating just around that time.
Miller goes from school to school, teaching students how to be aware of a violent relationship.
"They're afraid of what will happen, they're afraid of being bullied they're not sure if it's even legal, or illegal what's happening to them,” said Miller.
Miller said she focuses on many points when educating teens, one being the warning signs that you could be in an abusive relationship.
"Obsessive behaviors, controlling behaviors such as not wanting you to hang out with your friends or constantly calling you almost stalking,” said Miller.
Miller also mentioned jealousy and intimidation, as well as the sexual or physical violence. Miller said she has had teen clients before and has gotten them help.
"They would have to have a parent or guardian come with them, but we do file protection orders, restraining orders. There are legal ramifications for being an abuser or abusing somebody,” said Miller.
Angie Miller urges teens, bystanders and even adults in a violent relationship to reach out. She said something can be done.
For those friends and bystanders, Miller tells them to get involved.
"You don't necessarily approach the person, but tell somebody that your friend is in trouble, go to their parents, go to the pastor of your church, the police, anywhere, but definitely get involved,” said Miller.
If you know someone who might be in an abusive relationship, or you are in one yourself, you can contact the crisis line at 308-324-1942 or 1-866-351-9594.