February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. For this month, Live Violence Free is raising awareness because teen dating violence is a prominent issue in the lives of teenagers and families in our community.
It has been proven that one-third of high school students have been or will be in an abusive relationship. Teen Dating Violence is an epidemic that is increasing in severity, affecting millions of youth across the country and worldwide. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. These statistics are more than just a number; they speak to the pain and trauma that infiltrates young adults’ daily lives. Teens who are in an abusive dating relationship can have a substantial effect on academics, athletics, friendships and their overall wellbeing.
It is time to recognize and stand up against teen dating violence. Teen dating violence can include behaviors such as jealousy, anger, emotional degradation and threats all the way up to physical and sexual violence. One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. This number far exceeds any other type of youth violence. Both young men and women are affected by the cycle of violence every day.
If you, your child, or a teenager you know is currently or has experienced teen dating violence, please call Live Violence Free at 530-544-5444 or go to liveviolencefree.org for more information.