Consider just how common dating violence is: More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. The 2020 TDVAM campaign theme is #1Thing.
Wabanaki Public Health wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent or caregiver to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. ￼One of the most important things you can do is ￼keep the lines of communication open with your teen.
Take steps to make a difference:
- Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
- Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start
- Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
- If you are worried about your teen, you can call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
Love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them. You can help keep your loved ones safe and healthy. Learn more about the effort at loveisrespect.org.