February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a month to raise awareness and protect teens against violence in their relationships. It is a month to raise awareness of just how many teens and young adults end up in abusive relationships. Abusive relationships are more common in teens and young twenties than you might think. Approximately one in three teens in the United States will experience an abusive relationship at some point. These relationships can be abusive either physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal and are all extremely detrimental to the teens involved.
Nearly 1.5 million teens will find themselves in a physically abusive relationship in their lifetime. This means that 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt in any way by their significant other. Girls between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four experience the highest rate of domestic abuse than anyone else in the United States. These relationships can have effects that can severely damage the person. Teens who find themselves in abusive relationships are more likely to end up with drug addictions and substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and future abusive relationships.
This month is meant to raise awareness so that it might prevent some teens from getting themselves into that situation and also help teens who are in an abusive relationship to know how and when to seek help. It is also a great resource for parents of teens to find information on how to talk to their teens about the danger of abusive relationships.
There are many ways that you can get involved in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and further the cause. The first way is to talk to your teenaged children or encourage others to talk to their teenaged children about the dangers of abusive relationships and warning signs that indicate an abuser. You can also share the cause of this month on social media to try and reach out to more teens. We can all do our part to protect the next generation