February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Adults and adolescents are often unaware that teens experience dating violence. However the numbers are continuing to grow as this is a very serious issue for some teenagers.
- 10% of high school students report being hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or a girlfriend
- Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18
- Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone
Teens learn about how to have positive relationships from their peers, families and adults. It is important that we all remember that violence is never acceptable. This month the Teen Health Connection team is proud to be a partner of the Mecklenburg County Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Committee. There are lots of community events happening throughout the month. You can learn more about this campaign here.