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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being either physically, sexually, emotionally or verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.

 

Warning Signs of Abuse

  • Students partner is extremely jealous or possessive
  • You notice unexplained marks or bruises
  • Notice that your student/friend is depressed or anxious
  • Friend/student stops participating in extracurricular activities or other interest
  • Stops spending time with other friends and family
  • Student starts to dress differently 
  • Students boyfriend or girlfriend emails or texts excessively 

 

What You Can Do

  • Show concern for their safety 
  • Talk about behaviors, not the person
  • Avoid Ultimatums

 

Is is never too early to talk to your child about healthy relationships and dating violence. 

For more information please visit  https://www.loveisrespect.org/