In last night’s episode, things got really rough between several of the shows couples.
Amber is back from rehab and working on getting her life back on track, including getting more time to see Leah. Unfortunately, spending time with her daughter isn’t going as smoothly as she wants either. This also means we’re starting to see signs of the old-Amber definitely coming back. Once she realizes Gary is hesitant on having her spend time with Leah, she instantly starts going off on Gary and verbally abusing him. Will this abuse turn into physical abuse as it has before?
Then there’s April–Catelynn’s mom–and Butch have a huge, and rather physical, fight after Butch accused April of talking to another man. Holes were made in the walls, name-calling occurred, and there were definitely some bruises. Now Butch is off to jail (once again) and April is left to deal with the mental and physical pain of the situation.
These situations may seem extreme, but you’d be surprised how many people experience abuse in their relationships either verbal or physical:
**1 in 3 teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
**Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
**1 in 4 teens who have been in a serious relationship say that a partner has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence or abuse of any kind, help is available. Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit TheHotline.org. Talk to an adult you trust. You are not alone.