Valentine's Day can negatively affect people

A day supposed to be filled with love, went in a completely different direction for one Brownsville girl Tuesday.

According to Brownsville Police, an 18-year-old had allegedly slashed her wrists, and was threatening to jump in front of an on-coming train near Fronton Street.

The teen and her boyfriend had apparently spent their Valentine's Day arguing.

Police arrived before the girl could follow through on her threat.

It's the hype of this highly commercialized day that Family Crisis Center Legal Coordinator Ana de la Cruz said can send a person over the edge.

"February is supposed to be the day for love and sometimes people are by themselves, so they will do or take different action to get someone's attention."

De la Cruz said romantic partners often resort to different actions that can be identified in an educational chart which explains that threats are recognized forms of domestic violence.

"It is called manipulation, de la Cruz said, hopefully with the intent of getting the victim - in this particular case - to feel sorry for them and perhaps take a different approach to their relationship, and hopefully try and make things work."

The Brownsville case is just one of thousands of similar cases that the center gets each year.

In 2011, the center received more than separate cases of domestic violence.

Love is something almost everyone is looking for and the lack of it can lead to tragedy.

"A hug, a kiss a pat on the shoulder, is a form of caring for (a) person, de la Cruz. Definitely knowing that a person is loved is something that is crucial, it's something that everyone wants."

Police referred the 18-year-old girl to a hospital for mental evaluation.

As for domestic violence, de la Cruz said it has become such a widespread problem that now the Center for Disease Control considers it a disease.