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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

ATTN PARENTS:

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  We at SAFE-NOW want you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

Take steps to make a difference:

  • Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
  • Let your kids/teens know how special they are, and that they deserve to be treated with respect.
  • Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
  • Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
  • If you are worried about your teen, call the National 24/7 Helpline loveisrespect  at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.
 
You can help keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

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