February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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February 14 , 2019 | Posted by Roxanne Garcia-Mcelmell |

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students are physically abused by dating partners every year? That means every 1 in 3 teens experience some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships.  Here are a few warning signs that indicate someone is in a relationship that could lead to violence:

RESPECT: If a partner uses words to hurt, belittle or mock you, this can be a warning sign of an unhealthy relationship. Would you let your friends talk to you like that?

POSSESSIVENESS: Does your partner show affection by controlling behavior? Are they constantly texting or calling in order to keep track of your whereabouts? Are they displaying possessive or jealous behavior; like checking your phone without your permission? Trying to isolate you from your friends and family?

ANGER OR TEMPER: If a partner hits objects like doors, kicking things or throwing objects, and shows aggression toward you or your friends, you should never consider a threat of violence as an idle threat.

These are NOT signs of love, but of abuse.

Remember, if someone is doing any of these actions, you have the right to end the relationship. Healthy relationships are built on trust, respect and open communication.  Everyone deserves a healthy relationship.

Victim Assistance Hotline: 575.647.8553