February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

submitted by Ashley Rodewald

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Warsaw Community School nurses want you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.

About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

Take steps to make a difference:
  • Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
  • Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
  • Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
  • If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
You can help keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

For more information visit:

Teenage dating. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 27 Feb 2018.

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