October is domestic violence awareness month. The color purple has long been associated with the fight to end domestic violence, most commonly seen in the purple ribbons. We are wearing purple today to help bring awareness to this serious issue. This year, the focus is on teen dating violence, as violence has become alarmingly prevalent in younger relationships. Parents should educate themselves on signs to look for, and also educate their teens about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
- 1 in 3 teens experiences some form of dating violence.
- Teen girls are 3x more likely to experience dating violence than adult women.
- Only 33% of teens who have been subjected to abuse report it.
- 1 in 3 teens reported that they receive 10-30 text messages/phone calls per hour from their partner to keep tabs on them.
- Teens who are victims of dating violence suffer long-term consequences including alcoholism, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts, and promiscuity.
- Teen girls who are victims of violence are 6x more likely to become pregnant or contract a sexually transmitted infection.
If you or someone you know has questions about domestic violence or needs help or resources, please contact a local agency such as:
- Sylvia’s Place- 1-888-411-7837 (24-hour service)
- Center for Women in Transition- 1-800-848-5991 (24-hour service)
Any contact to these agencies will be confidential and free of charge.