As a parent, how should you talk to your teen about dating violence?
During the month of February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Months provides an opportunity for prevention and healing for victims According to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, approximately 1.5 million high school students in the United States experience physical abuse from a dating partner.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Dating violence occurs between two people in a close relationship.
During Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), we aim to break the cycle of violence by providing support and services to victims, their families and their communities. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program at the Administration for Children and Families is working to bring visibility to the work of advocates, the strength of victims, and the Federal initiatives addressing this pervasive issue by hosting social media events and webinars throughout the month of February.
The following activities represent just a few of the exciting ways that everyone can – and hopefully will – engage in this work: Blog! Click here to access their calendar of events (PDF, 2 pages). Everyone can make a difference by reaching out to young people in simple ways.
Girls are particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships and are more likely to suffer long-term behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, eating disorders, and drug use.
Adolescents in abusive relationships often carry these unhealthy patterns of violence into future relationships.
As we interact with teens in our work or personal lives each of us can act on President Obama’s call to stand against teen dating violence by: How Do I Get Help?