01 Feb Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month
Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenage dating partners, occurring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.
This isn’t a problem that only affects certain stereo types…this is a problem that can and may affect people you see daily…you may not see bruises, tears, or the fights…that doesn’t mean they aren’t happening. Talk to your children about their relationships, check in with your best friend about their relationship. This is a problem affecting teenage boys and girls.
Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.
If you are struggling to have this conversation with your children, please give us a call, we have a Child Advocate who is more than willing to assist you with this!