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February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month. The Chicago Department of Public Health Office of Violence Prevention is working to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence (TDV). More than 900,000 children and youth call Chicago home. Violence claimed more than 500 lives in 2008 and nearly half of the victims were young people between the ages of 10 and 25.
In as recent as 2010, teen dating violence (TDV) was the cover story in Chicago when a male teen murdered his girlfriend and her mother and sister. Relationships that occur in the teen years may affect dating relationships later in life. The lessons teens learn today about respect, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, and what is right or wrong may carry over into future relationships. Therefore it is important that teens recognize and understand what constitutes a healthy relationship.
Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is similar to adult domestic violence in that:
What You Should Know
What You Can Say to a Teen Who Needs Help
How Teens Can Date Safely
Dating violence is extremely common among teens. Even if a partner is charming and sweet at first, look out for signs of abusive relationships, such as:
If these warning signs sound like someone you're dating, take a step back and reevaluate the relationship. If you need help figuring out what to do, talk to a school guidance counselor, social worker, teacher, pastor or the City of Chicago Domestic Violence Helpline at 877.863.6338. You are not alone!
Where Can You Go for More Information
The Chicago Department of Public Health Office of Violence Prevention is working to raise awareness about Teen Dating Violence (TDV). To learn how, call 312.745.0381.