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No More Silence: It's Time To Talk Day

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention MonthTDV

It is not a topic that is pleasant to talk about or one that parents believe can happen to their teen however statistics have proven 33% of adolescents in America are victim to sexual, physical, verbal, or emotional dating abuse.

What is dating violence?

Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.

February 4th is designated the day to talk, but you can start chatting anytime.

Talk to your teens about dating violence. Why?

  • 1 in 3 teens will experience either physical, sexual, verbal abuse or threats from a dating partner.
  • Talking about it and raising awareness are the first steps to ending it.
  • 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence.

While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten common abusive behaviors:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do

If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help.

Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.