February is National Dating Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that February was proclaimed National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month?
 
Dating Violence 101

1 in 3 adolescents is a victim of dating violence or abuse

Teen dating violence and abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.

Ten Warning Signs of Abuse

While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten of the most common abusive behaviors:

    Checking your cell phone or email without permission
    Constantly putting you down
    Extreme jealousy or insecurity
    Explosive temper
    Isolating you from family or friends
    Making false accusations
    Mood swings
    Physically hurting you in any way
    Possessiveness
    Telling you what to do

If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help.

Go to these websites for help or for more info and ideas on implementing an Anti-Dating Violence program in your school:

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Love is Respect

Let Your Heart Rule

 

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