Josefina Perez is an undocumented immigrant with a young daughter, and an abusive husband.Fearing for her daughter's safety, she risks everything and decides to seek help at a local women's shelter.After picking up her son from school, Maria pleads with him not to mimic the abusive behavior he sees at home.Fearing her son may fall victim to the cycle of abuse, Maria executes her safety plan in order to leave her abusive husband for good.This is for the sister who watches her brother come home from dates with his boyfriend with tears in his eyes and bruises that weren’t there before he left the house.Because there’s another side to love that Valentine’s Day doesn’t really like to get into, isn’t there?Teen dating violence is defined as the physical, sexual or psychological/emotional violence within a teen dating relationship, as well as stalking.It can occur between a current or former dating partner.
Then the put-downs that turned me into a self-conscious wreck, terrified of disappointing him.The year before, I’d been a lowly freshman, a total nobody painting sets while watching him rehearse as one of the leads. I could never have imagined a real life scenario in which this same boy I was mooning over would describe himself as obsessed with me. Just a few months before our two-and-a-half year relationship ended, I was sitting on the floor of my kitchen with a knife, seriously thinking about killing myself.At first he was a dream boyfriend: unexpected presents, serenading me outside my house, and whoa did he know how to kiss a girl.Everybody—I mean everybody—told me I should break up with him.My best friend begged me not to get with him in the first place. I told myself she just didn’t understand and I ignored her even when a quiet voice inside me was getting louder: . Mine didn’t and that unflinching loyalty, shoulder to cry on, and support pretty much saved my life.