National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February means Valentine’s Day which means flowers, chocolates, and spending time with a special person in your life. February is also National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) to raise awareness of abuse in teen and young adults relationships and to help prevent dating violence.

Talk to teens about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.

Steps To Prevent It.

study shows Parent need to educate themselves about on the warning signs of domestic abuse and make sure you know who your teen is spending time with. If you suspect a problem, communicate with your child and find out what’s going on. Make sure your teen knows how to set boundaries and clearly communicate to avoid abusive relationships. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a "normal" part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. That is why adults need to talk now about the importance on how to prevent teen dating violence and to promote respectful relationships. Dating violence can have a negative effect on health throughout life. Victims of teen dating violence are more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety. They might also engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Teens who are victims in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college and in adult. relationships. CDC - Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships

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