February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the topic of love and relationships might be on our minds. This is probably why Domestic Violence Intervention Services (DVIS) has chosen the month of February to be National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to DVIS, every year 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a partner.
Most teens learn about violent behavior and what constitutes a healthy relationship from the example that is set in the home environment. A few components of a healthy relationship are respect, trust, honesty, and open communication. Respect in a relationship means each person values the other’s worth as an individual. From this foundation, honest communication builds trust. Controlling behavior, possessiveness, and emotional or physical abuse are never part of a healthy relationship. If your partner attempts to control or restrict your communication with friends or family members, this could be a warning sign of an unhealthy relationship. Other warning signs that you or someone you love might be in an abusive relationship are: constant put downs, extreme jealousy, explosive temper, or physical abuse of any kind. As DVIS notes, everyone deserves a healthy relationship without violence.
For more information about domestic violence that affects teens or adults, click here.