Have you ever been afraid of talking to the police? As the teen, did you always trust your parents and consider them as reliable friends? If no, this is why.
Language Barriers Or Immigration Status
If you are undocumented, you may fear that reporting the abuse will affect your immigration status. Also, if your first language is not English, it can be difficult to express the depth of their situation to others. Then leaving your toxic relationship may be very difficult.
What can you do? Find a translator who will help you to deal with the police. You can also contact the immigration centres which help you to find the right institutions for help and write letters to them.
Adults often do not believe that teens really experience love. So if something goes wrong in the toxic relationship, if you are a teen, you may feel like you have no adults to turn to or that no one will take them seriously.
What can you do? Contact other adult people who could help you. It may be your ant, a pastor, a teacher, school psychologist or anyone that you trust. Then you can find help I believe that there is at least one person who can help you.
Distrust of Police
Many teens and young adults do not feel that the police can or will help them, so they do not report the abuse. But also, if you had negative experiences with the police (e.g. they could not help you, were helpless in a situation of abuse or their intervention did not helped much) – you may disbelieve that this time the police will help you to solve the problem of abuse.
This may be hard, but even then you can find somebody who will talk to the police on your behalf. Contact the women’s shelter and your school psychologist.
Author: Victoria Herocten Writer and coach.
Since 2009 she helps women with abuse to start over and how to be happy .
The co-author of the bestseller “Gratitude Book”.