February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

posted Thursday, Feb 4, 2021

The theme for February during #TDVAM is to help teens discover if their dating relationships are REAL:  based on Respect, Equality, Acceptance and Love.

REAL Relationships is a program of Turning Point at People’s Place and is made possible through funding from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is adolescent relationship abuse?

Adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) is a pattern of behaviors used to get and maintain power and control. Left unchecked, these behaviors often continue into adulthood. Intimate partner violence is a significant public health problem that starts young.

  •     Violent behavior often begins between 12 and 18 years of age.
  •     1 in 10 high schoolers will be purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by an intimate partner.
  •     Young women aged 16 to 24 are most at risk, experiencing nearly 3X the average rate of intimate partner violence.
  •     One in four teens is harassed or abused through technology.
  •     Half of youth who have been victims of both rape and dating violence attempt suicide.
  •     The reason that 74% of women return unhealthy relationships is money.

The key to preventing this abuse is focusing on education, skill-building, and creating safe environments for youth.

That’s where REAL Relationships comes in.

REAL Relationships shows you the basics of healthy relationships in virtual sessions you can access on-demand, specifically tailored for:

  •     Youth/Students: See what you should expect from a dating partner and learn skills that will buffer you against unhealthy partners.
  •     Parents: Equip yourselves with knowledge and skills to talk to your children about their relationships.
  •     Teachers & Community Partners: Learn how to create a school and community culture that empowers youth to have healthy, safe relationships.
  •     Healthcare Professionals: Discover the critical connection between relationships and your health.

Please visit their website at https://realrelationshipsde.org to learn more.  

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