February has been declared Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. One in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence (http://www.teendvmonth.org/dating-violence-research).
Safe Harbor has agency representatives and survivors of teen dating violence willing to share their stories to raise awareness of this issue. Please contact Safe Harbor via email to set up an interview.
Safe Harbor provides services to teens and young adults who have experienced dating and sexual violence. Call our 24-hour helpline (804-287-7877) for support, learn about community resources or to get connected with counseling services. Love is Respect in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and Love is Not Abuse operate at 24-hour hotline focused on teen dating violence. This hotline can be accessed at 866-331-9474 or by logging on to www.loveisrespect.org.
To learn more about Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, visit this story on our website.
About Safe Harbor
Safe Harbor’s empowers survivors of sexual and domestic violence to transform their lives, and promotes healthy relationships for all. The agency was born through the efforts of a St. Mary’s Hospital emergency room nurse who was devastated by the number of domestic abuse victims she treated. As a result, Safe Harbor opened in April 2000. It has grown from an emergency shelter to offering additional critical supportive services including a 24-hour confidential helpline (804-287-7877), community counseling programs for adults and children, community support groups in English and Spanish, court advocacy, hospital accompaniment and community education and outreach services. For more information, log on to www.safeharborshelter.com or www.facebook.com/SafeHarborRVA.