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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Published: February 14, 2022

This month is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and we want to bring awareness to the fact that dating violence can come in many forms such as physical, emotional, or even online. It is important that we know what to look for in a healthy relationship so that teens can live safe and healthy lives, free of fear. A healthy relationship includes good communication skills, trust, and a place to feel safe emotionally. Relationships don’t always start out being violent or abusive, it can be a gradual process. There are some important “red flags” to look out for in an unhealthy relationship.

-          Extreme jealousy and possessiveness

-          Controlling behavior

-          Isolating and dominating behavior

-          Emotional and verbal abuse

-          Anger, threats, and intimidation

-          Destruction of property

-          Physical abuse

These “red flags” are important indicators of an unhealthy relationship, and it is important that teens are aware of them. While it can be sometimes be easy to brush off things like a little jealousy, situations can spiral and having lasting effects. The important take away is that relationships can be fun and healthy, just be aware of the signs to look for to ensure your safety!

If you feel you or someone you care about is in an abusive relationship, please contact the Family Justice Center for support at 865-521-6336


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