Violent relationships among young people on the rise in Czechia

Every third person in the Czech Republic between 16 and 26 years of age has experienced acts of violence in a relationship.

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Intimate partner violence is not only a problem in long-standing marriages or relationships. Young people and youngsters are increasingly victims of physical and psychological violence and abuse.

The most frequent type of violence is psychological. About 41 percent of young people have experienced it in a relationship. This includes, extreme jealousy, accusations of unfaithfulness, and excessive control. 

One third of all victims experienced cyber violence, according to recent research by Mind Bridge Consulting and feminist organizations.  Exploitation of smart phones and social networks for controlling a partner are also frequent.  

Thanks to different GPS apps, sbusers can follow the movement of their partner, or track when she/he last checked in on social networks. 

“We found out that mostly women are victims in these cases. Men simply feel that they have a right to read or view partners’ messages”, says Ladislav Klika from Mind Bridge Consulting.

Very small number of victims file a compliant or seek for a professional help

  • “At first my boyfriend waited for me in front of the school only when we agreed upon, then he started coming every day. Finally, he waited for me inside the building at the wardrobe. When he moved to another city for studying I had to inform him every day about my plans. Later on, I had to call him every half an hour no matter where I was, in school, or in a cinema”, says Klara, victim of  psychological abuse. 
  • Physical assaults and sexual violence were experienced by 19 percent of all victims. The most common are slapping across the face or hair pulling. There are extreme acts of violence as well like burning the partner’s skin. 
  • Victims of violent relationships find escape difficult, and many escape only thanks to the support of friends. “Thanks to my girlfriends I realized how toxic our relationship was. I broke up with him several times, but he threatened me with suicide and told me that it would be my fault. He stopped only after the police got involved”, said Klara. 
  • According to the proFem research a very small number of victims file a compliant or seek professional help. Majority of them end the violent relationship but bear the consequences into the future. These show up as eating disorders, problems with focusing and concentration, and suicidal tendencies.  
  • “After breaking up I lived in constant fear that my ex-boyfriend would wait somewhere for me. I had problems in establishing new relationships, and my grades worsened. Finally, I visited a psychologist and now I am doing fine. I would like to inspire young people who are facing same problems as me a few years ago. Now I know that I should have asked for help much earlier”, concludes Klara.

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