Note: Many professionals, including some RHY providers, may use the term “domestic violence victims” to include the children and young people who have lived in a home where one adult is using power and control tactics to abuse the other adult.
Generally in the domestic violence field, domestic violence is understood to occur between adults in intimate, familial, or spousal relationships (see definition below), and domestic violence in and of itself is not child abuse.
The headlines from last week were dreadful for the homeless youth we serve at Covenant House, the largest charity in the hemisphere working with homeless, trafficked and vulnerable youth in 30 cities in the United States, Canada and four countries in Latin America.
Then there was news of the aftermath of a lethal fire in a youth shelter in Guatemala, where at least 40 girls died.
"Others include folks who are substance abuse dependent," he said.
A homeless 37-year-old who was banned from a Starbucks for asking a barista, 16, on a date has admitted lying about his age on dating sites to try and meet young girls.
Lucas Werner, who stays in a homeless shelter in Spokane, Washington, ranted that he was sick of 'ageist Millennials' but that 'I won't stop until I'm dating a women born in the 1990s as of 2016.''Women born in the 1990s are the most gorgeous women on Earth,' he explained in a lengthy Facebook post.
The good news here is a new weapon, the 2014 Pennsylvania Human Trafficking Law, which allows victims to sue motels or hotels for profiting from their exploitation.
Careful enforcement of this law could provide trafficking victims with a number of important allies: hotel managers, clerks, and cleaning people who, at the risk of being sued, are obligated to report suspicious trafficking-related activities, like a string of short-term visitors to a room, or an underage female with an older male who is not a relative.