She says combating domestic violence often means deconstructing values that many immigrant families have internalized and passed down to their children."Getting out of a domestic violence situation often means breaking with family values that have been inculcated within us through our loved ones and our community," she said.
Eventually I had suicidal thoughts that escalated into action. I think that in large part, that's because as the survivor, I wasn't ready to talk.
Today, she uses her experience to break the silence and empower those who have been impacted.
It includes resources on teen dating violence including statistics, definitions of abuse, a quiz to discover the warning signs of abuse in relationships and hotline numbers.
The site provides teens with a forum to discuss abuse, and features a teen chat room with discussions facilitated by teen counselors.
It also offers a section devoted to teen poetry and thoughts.