Dating domestic violence month

The distinguished panel of speakers included Elizabeth Miller, Chief of Division of Adolescent Medicine for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC; Joe Torre, Major League Baseball and Founder and Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation; and Gloria Terry, President of the Texas Council on Family violence; all of whom spoke on the impact of engaging men in prevention efforts.

Speakers on the subject of teen dating violence prevention strategies included Debbie Lee, Vice President of Futures Without Violence; Gabrielle Union, Award-winning actress and sexual assault advocate; Erin O’Malley, Dean of Faculty and Counseling at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA; and Yesenia Romo, Director of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Sexual Violence and Support Services.

“Teens are talking about it amongst themselves,” said Sherry Boock, Children’s Program Coordinator at CASDA.

“Most of them are not talking to their parents, they’re not talking to their teachers so that means that it’s important for us to have that conversation.” CASDA urges parents and other adults to initiate domestic violence conversations with teens.

Every year, about one and a half million American high school students experience physical abuse from a partner.

According to the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA), teen dating violence is a bigger problem in the Northland than the national average.

For more information, please visit the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Women.

– February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

How Do I Participate in Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?

CASDA teaches teens what healthy relationships look and feel like. But CASDA officials tell us many teens mistake jealousy and controlling behaviors for love.

Only a third of teens in violent relationships ever tell anyone about the abuse.

As we interact with teens in our work or personal lives each of us can act on President Obama’s call to stand against teen dating violence by: How Do I Get Help?

If you know of a teen or parent that could benefit from speaking to a caring, well-trained peer advocate, please connect them with the National Dating Abuse Helpline, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, at 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453), by texting "loveis" to 77054, or through live chat at

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