February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month.
"One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by his or her partner through violent actions which included hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, and/or choking." according to Linda Lowen at About.com.
According to the Center for Disease Control, teens who who believe it's OK to use threats or violence to get their way or express their anger are at higher risk for relationship violence. Conversely, teens who are supervised by parents and have support are less likely to be in violent relationships.
Luckily, there are great resources for teens, parents, and people who work with youth.
If you are a professional working with youth, check out Veto Violence, a free online course for educators and others who work with youth.
Wondering about dating? Go here for dating FAQs.
What about LGBTQ relationships? Check this out.
All relationships need support. Find out where to get it here.
Concerned your relationship or that of a friend might be edging toward abuse? Check your concerns here.
Not sure if it's time to break up? Go here to find out.
What if you or someone you know might be the abuser in the relationship? Get help here.
Arm yourself with information and tools to stay safe and healthy in your relationships, and help other teens do the same.