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No More Silence: It's Time To Talk Day

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

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.

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