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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month

What is Teen Dating Violence? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is a type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two people in a close relationship.” Dating violence can take place in person or electronically. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some of these behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship- but many times, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence.

BrightHouse is committed to shining a light on Teen Dating Violence and is making efforts to promote safe, healthy relationships through conversation and programming at various schools and churches throughout Reno County. With our SAFE DATES curriculum, BrightHouse is raising awareness about the issue of Teen Dating Violence and educating teens on how to stop dating abuse before it begins. During the teen years, it is critical for youth to begin learning the skills needed to create and maintain healthy relationships. These skills include things like how to manage feelings and how to communicate in a healthy way. The SAFE DATES curriculum teaches these skills along with identifying types of abuse, warning signs of abuse, and how to get help if you suspect you or a friend might be in an abusive relationship.

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