Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

What is Teen Dating Violence?

February is dedicated to bringing awareness to Teen Dating Violence, which is an issue that impacts everyone in the circle of the teen.

Dating violence is more common than we think. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 11 female and 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence. Together we can raise awareness about teen dating violence and promote healthier relationships.

Types of dating violence:

  • Verbal
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Sexual

Red Flags:

  • Excessive jealousy/ insecurity
  • Pressuring a partner into unwanted sexual activity
  • Blaming a partner for problems in the relationship
  • Explosive tempers
  • Threatening or causing physical violence

If you or anyone you know may be struggling with a teen dating violence and live in the Chicagoland area, feel free to call Olive Branch Counseling Associates at (708) 633-8000 and speak to a professional.

Yadira, Graduate Intern

References:

Preventing Teen Dating Violence |Violence Prevention|Injury Center|CDC. (2020, January 27).

            Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/intimatepartnerviolence/

            teendatingviolence/fastfact.html#:~:text=It affects millions of teens,violence in the last

            year.

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