Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

As February unfolds, adorned with the rosy hues of Valentine’s day, it is important to acknowledge a less romantic component of relationships: teen dating violence. February marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This month is dedicated such to raise awareness about how common abuse occurs in teenage relationships, as well as to empower younger individuals to foster healthy relationships. 

Background

On January 31, 2024, the White House released A Proclamation on National Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Month. In which, it is noted that about 1 in 12 high school students in the United States have experienced physical or sexual dating violence. 

Across the country, youth and teens (generally age 12-19) experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Girls are particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships. Because of this, females are more likely to suffer from long-term behavioral and/or health consequences.

 In addition, the problem of teen dating violence is one that impacts everyone involved in the teens life, not only teens, but also their parents, their teachers, their friends, and the communities they reside within. In the aforementioned proclamation, President Biden calls upon all to educate themselves and others about teen dating violence. 

Signs of Teen Dating Violence

Romantic relationships between teenagers can be complicated. Teenagers are generally less mature than adults, so their relationships are more likely to suffer from common relatioship stressors like communication, jealousy, selfishness, etc.

As a result, teenagers are more likely to be involved in relationships that are unhealthy, violenct, or “toxic.” It is important to understand and recognize the behaviors that may point to an unhealthy and/or abusive relationship. 

Teen dating violence encompasses a spectrum of abusive behaviors, including physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, and digital abuse, inflicted by one partner upon another in a romantic relationship.

Contrary to popular belief, this issue is not rare; rather, it affects millions of adolescents worldwide, irrespective of gender, race, or socioeconomic background.

Hotlines

Georgia’s Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline is a 24-hour, extensive telephone routing system to certified Criminal justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) shelters. There is access to language interpreter services. 

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is also available 24/7 and, is capable of communicating through call, text, or online chat.  

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