Friday, February 24, 2017

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Education

Dove’s Domestic Violence Program provides teen dating and domestic violence education to help teens understand healthy relationship characteristics and boundaries, recognize abusive behaviors and patterns, and know where and how to reach out for help for themselves or a friend. The Youth and Family Services Coordinator provides teen dating violence education to teens in high schools, middle schools, colleges, and youth organizations throughout DeWitt, Macon, Moultrie, Piatt, and Shelby counties.
  • Teen dating violence is often the first manifestation of domestic violence – many adults report that their first experience with domestic violence occurred in a teen relationship.
  • The highest rates of domestic violence occur between the ages of 15-25.
  • 1 in 3 teen girls report physical and/or sexual abuse by a dating partner and 7 out of 10 teens (both male and female) report verbal/emotional abuse, threats, and/or stalking by a dating partner.
  • Teen dating violence can be as damaging and deadly as any adult abusive relationship.

For more information or to schedule a teen dating violence educational presentation, contact Joyce Kirkland, Youth and Family Services Coordinator, at 217.428.6616.

February was Teen Dating Awareness Month

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