From Pinkerton Academy’s Prevention Specialist, Julie Donovan
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), and New Hampshire has dedicated the week of February 12th-16th as Granite State Respect Week.
Research has shown that 1 in 3 youth and young adults experience some type of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in their interpersonal relationships.
Dating violence happens to both males and females. Youth are new to dating and navigating romantic relationships, and they may not recognize some of the warning signs that a relationship may not be healthy.
Having open communication with teens about what is healthy and unhealthy is critical in helping them identify potential issues and more importantly how to handle these situations and seek out support.
The School Counseling Department will be teaching lessons in various classes throughout February. Pinkerton Academy and the School Counseling Department are dedicated to supporting youth in making healthy decisions about their interpersonal relationships and maintaining their personal safety. Below are some links to resources that specifically address this issue.
1-866-644-3574 for free and confidential help