Teen dating violence, just like domestic violence, is a subject that is often times slipped under the rug. February is recognized by the government…

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Teen dating violence, just like domestic violence, is a subject that is often times slipped under the rug. February is recognized by the government as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This month is about becoming aware and understanding what dating violence is and how to prevent it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 10 teens have reported being hit or physically hurt by a boyfriend and girlfriend. Also nearly half of the teens who took the survey stated that they knew of a friend who had been verbally abused. I am unaware if teen dating violence is a subject that is discussed in health classes during junior high school years. However, this is a topic that should be discussed both in school and at home.

Teens should be aware what a healthy friendship or dating relationship looks like. Many youth may be exposed to unhealthy relationships within the home or on television. The CDC has created an interactive training designed to help teens and educators understand the risk factors and warning signs linked to teen dating violence. If you are unsure if you are or a friend is in a healthy relationship, you can contact Love is Respect on their 24/7 hotline at 1-866-331-9474.

– Dyanne

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