February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Research findings on teen dating violence report that large numbers of teens experience and accept abusive behavior in dating relationships. In addition, teen dating violence is often hidden. Teenagers are reluctant to talk about it or do not recognize what is going on as the serious abuse it is. Over the years, just as the understanding of sexual violence and domestic violence and children’s exposure to violence has changed, we are now raising awareness about teen victims. We are seeing increased promotion of healthy relationships, and work collaboratively with our partners, organizations and other professionals to reach teens and parents to identify signs of abuse, and help them locate services if they or someone they know is experiencing a physically or emotionally abusive relationship. This February’s designation as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month gives us all an opportunity to become involved by listening and participating in dialogues, programs or events about developing healthy relationships and ending the abuse. If you or someone you know needs help please contact the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474.
Susan B. Carbon, Director, Office on Violence Against Women
Presidential Proclamation-Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Senate Resolution 32 designating the month of February 2011 as “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month”