Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2020

A young woman with brown wavy hair who is sitting on a chair with her legs drawn up to her chest while sadly gazing out a window.

Pensacola, Fla. (February 3, 2020) – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8% of high school students report being hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend.  These behaviors are meant to hurt, intimidate, frighten and ultimately, control. Often, it works. Most teens don’t report dating violence because they are afraid to tell anyone. February is a time to increase awareness to this topic and support teens by showing them how to identify dating violence and where to turn for help.

Fast Facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Dating violence isn’t always physical. It can be emotional or sexual as well.
  • Unhealthy relationships can start with playful name calling or teasing, before escalating to abuse.

Teen victims of dating violence are more likely to also experience depression and anxiety. They are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors like using tobacco, drugs or alcohol. Victims also are more likely to think about suicide. 

Some helpful resources can be found at:

  • Lakeview Center Victims Services helpline 850.433.7273
  • eLakeviewCenter.org has information about programs and services
  • cdc.gov/violenceprevention/datingmatters 
  • nsvrc.org
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799 SAFE (7233) 
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.HOPE (4673).