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As a part of YWCA Kitsap County T.E.A.R. (Teens Ending Abusive Relationships) programming, YWCA recognizes TDVAM (Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month) in February.

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in their relationship, call YWCA Kitsap County 24/7 at
1-800-500-5513 or text 24/7 at 360-277-7607. It’s free, it’s confidential, and you can talk to us anonymously.

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate. Anyone of any age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socioeconomic status and educational level can be a victim – or perpetrator. It’s important that all people understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy dynamics in relationships and know how they can help or get help if dealing with an abusive relationship.

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2 facts about teen dating Violence
1)Roughly 1.5 million high school boys and girls in the U.S. admit to being intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with.
2)Teens who suffer dating abuse are subject to long-term consequences like alcoholism, eating disorders, promiscuity, thoughts of suicide, and violent behavior.
Let’s start taking more preventative steps.

Learn about teen dating abuse statistics and facts by clicking on the arrows below!

Starting to date can be so exciting, but also a bit intimidating. With so much information about relationships and dating posted online daily, it can be tough to figure out where to begin if you want to start your dating life while avoiding toxic (or maybe even abusive) relationships.
If you are young and starting to date, or you know a teen and want to support them as they seek out healthy relationships, check out a few tips that we suggest to keep teens safe while dating.
1) Set your Standard
2)Know your Worth
3)Jealously Does NOT Equal LOVE
4)Consent to EVERYTHING

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Social Media Education! You can also check out our information about Power and Control to learn about what abuse looks like.

Take a look at the Teen Power and Control Wheel. It’s a useful tool to understand the dynamics of dating abuse. Think of the wheel as a diagram of tactics that an abusive partner uses to keep their victims in a relationship.

Check out the Friends & Family Guide created by Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence to learn how you can support someone you care about who is experiencing abuse.

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