|FEBRUARY IS TEEN DATING
VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH!
Today, one in three U.S. adolescents is a victim of physical, emotional, verbal, or digital abuse from a dating partner. This figure far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth.
Dating violence often involves the use of inappropriate actions to control a partner or resolve conflicts. These behaviors can be physical, emotional, or sexual. They can take place in person or with the use of technology and social media.
Dating violence can be prevented. Teens must be empowered to recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship, and how to intervene if a friend needs help.
By providing young people with education about healthy relationships, we are creating an environment that does not condone relationship violence. By training adults who work with youth, we are ensuring they recognize when teens are exhibiting signs of dating violence.
As part of our leadership on the San Leandro and Alameda Domestic Violence Task Force, we are working closely with the Barbara Lee Health Center’s HEAT group and Alameda Family Services’ YEAH leadership group to equip teens at San Leandro High School, Alameda High School, and Encinal High School to educate their peers and share resources.
All teens have the right to a safe and healthy relationship, built on respect, trust and equality, where consent is respected and is free from physical and emotional abuse!
Resources on Teen Dating Violence:
Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments: SAVE-DV.org
Family Violence Law Center: fvlc.org