teen-dating-violence-awareness-month-2013February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This is a time to discuss teen dating violence and to promote healthy relationships for teens and young adults. Unfortunately, there are disturbingly high rates of violence the relationships of youth. We want to stop that.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 youth experience some form of abuse in their relationships and that 2/3 of those youth never report it to a trusted adult (see here for reference). Teen Dating Violence can influence many components of a youth’s life including school performance,  relationships with friends and family, physical well-being due to injuries and emotional health.

February 4 is designated “It’s Time to Talk Day.” How can you have a conversation with the youth in your life to address Teen Dating Violence and promote healthy relationships? There are tips and resources on the “It’s Time to Talk Day” website.  

Safe Harbor provides supportive services to youth who have experienced dating violence and works throughout our community to support healthy relationships for youth. If you or someone you love needs help due to dating violence, please call our 24-hour helpline at (804) 287-7877. To schedule a training related to teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships for youth, contact Stacie Vecchietti (Stacie@safeharborshelter.com).

For additional resources, visit the Teen Dating Violence Month website.