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Parent tips – Talk about Teen Dating Violence before it starts

Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens and young adults: one in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.

Every February, young people and their loved ones join together across the country for a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long push focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts.

The theme for TDVAM 2022 is Talk About It. Talk About It is a call to action to young people and those who support them to engage in meaningful conversations about healthy relationships and navigate what may be unhealthy or even abusive.

Seek help from friends, family, and other trusted people. Don’t ignore warning signs or justify their behavior. Trust your intuition and call.

Domestic Violence Hotlines

Baltimore County – 410-828-6390

Carroll County – 443-865-8031

National – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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