February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. For many teenagers, dating is new and exciting but for 1 out of 5 it could become violent. Officials said teen dating violence is a threat or an act made by a member of a relationship. It can be physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, or even digital. Many teens are unaware of the red flags of an abusive relationship that’s why professionals said it’s important that a month is dedicated to this issue.
“What we want to do is make teens, aware of the differences between healthy relationships and unhealthy relationships,” Executive Director of Women’s Resource Center, Patricia Bailey, said.
Executive Director for the Women’s Resource Center, Patricia Bailey, said abuse is a snowball effect and it starts with educating the youth to stop them from becoming abusive adults.
“To break the cycle, you’ve got to start when they’re tiny,” Bailey said.
She also said teens with strong support systems are less susceptible to abuse than teens without a support system. Bailey said opening up a dialogue with your child could help them in the long-run.
“If something is happening to your teen, you want them to speak up,” Bailey said.
The Women’s Resource Center will be posting teen dating violence information on their Facebook page every day in the month of February.