By the time she moved into her dorm, his disdain for her socializing with others had extended to peers as well her family.
Jamie’s focus would quickly shift from school and athletics to keeping David appeased.
“Towards the end (of their relationship), she had a blank stare,” her father, Rick, says. “She was like an empty vessel.” Throughout their yearlong relationship, David never hit Jamie. Instead, he convinced her those close to her were out to keep them apart, that she didn’t need to care for her appearance to keep him appeased. Jamie’s parents are now able to recognize the rapid and unhealthy intensity with which the pair’s relationship began.
The summer before she left for school, Jamie and David were together nearly every day, with the boy showing little interest in getting to know her tight-knit family.
She had to remain in constant contact with the teen throughout the day, or face being accused of cheating.
However, the shocking truth is that 23 percent of women who experience some form of partner violence in their lifetime report that the violence first occurred when they were between 11 and 17 years of age, according to the 2011 Center for Disease Control nationwide survey.
For many years she was too ashamed to talk about her experiences, but, with the help of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, she is now eager to educate others about teen dating violence, and how to prevent it.
A common misconception about teen dating violence is that survivors don’t experience the same level of abuse as adult women.
He made me feel guilty if I even talked to someone at school, even when he wasn't around, which wasn't very often.
He told me that he didn't like what I wore and told me what I should wear to school.