Dating violence awareness month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.Teen dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies.Talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention is leading the initiative, Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.
Teaching healthy relationship skills and changing norms about violence can help prevent teen dating violence.
Unfortunately, the early years are also a time when dating violence can begin -- and it's more widespread than you may think.
In fact, one in three high school students experience some form of abuse from a dating partner.
Dating Matters is a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model that builds upon current evidence-based practice to promote respectful, nonviolent dating relationships among youth.
Three components of Dating Matters are currently available on CDC’s Veto Violence website.
Keep an eye out on your friends too and be there to lend a hand -- or a hint of clarity -- if they need it.