As most know, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! The entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about teens, and their dating relationships, and putting a stop to dating violence before it even starts. Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens & young adults. 1 in 3 U.S. teens will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before becoming adults.
The theme this year is “Love Like That”. The “that” means what you are looking for in a relationship. We want our teens to know what is healthy and unhealthy before or when looking for a partner, and this is what we present in the local high schools we visit. We encourage everyone to wear orange this month or specifically on the 6th, orange shows solidarity and raises awareness about dating violence!
If you know someone who is experiencing or who has experienced teen dating violence, please give them resources to get help! Dove offers counseling for our teens- up to eight 90-minute sessions without parental consent. We even have a support group on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m., so you can talk about what is going on in a comfortable and confidential space.
If you would like to know information about teen dating violence, you can visit loveisrespect.org!
Danielle Cunningham, Education and Awareness Supervisor