FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
- Each year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. At a rate far higher than other forms of youth violence, teen dating violence impacts 1 in 3 adolescents in the United States through physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse.
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse with the goal of decreasing the prevalence of dating violence among young people.Help Someone TodayIf you or someone you know who is in an abusive dating relationship, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, 7 days a week at 866-331-9474, or TTY 1-866-331-8453. The Helpline also has peer advocates available via live chat from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).
Confidential help is also available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you need help or know someone who may need someone to talk to, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.