February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Dating violence is more common than many people might think. Research shows that 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before the age of 18 years old. Every year, approximately 1.5 mil-lion high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.
So what is TDV? Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenage dating partners, occurring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures. Although the dynamics of TDV are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of TDV, as well as the challenges in seeking and providing services, make the problem of TDV unique. The Haven has resources available to provide information and support to victims and communities to decrease the prevalence of dating violence among young people. Help us spread awareness and stop da-ting abuse before it starts! Please contact Taylor Strickland at Sarcadvocate@valdostahaven.org regarding information on TDV.
Keep in mind Respect Week is February 11th - 15th 2019. Post on social media how you can respect your partner and tag The Haven!