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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Domestic violence is a real problem, and it begins a lot sooner than we know. Teen dating violence and abuse can shape relationships for the rest of their lives, and we want them to be healthy relationships. While there are signs that someone you love is being abused, they are not always visible. Signs of abuse are not always physical, just like abuse and violence isn’t always physical. Abuse can be physical, mental, and emotional. Physical abuse is what we can see, bruises, broken bones, etc. Mental abuse is anything that affects the way the victim thinks about the world and situations. Emotional abuse affects confidence and characteristics about the victim’s self.

If you believe you or someone you love is in an abusive relationship, there are websites to help recognize what a healthy relationship is and what someone can do about it. There are also websites specifically for teens. Some of the teen websites are also available to describe a healthy relationship and have tips on how to have a healthy relationship.

http://www.loveisrespect.org

http://www.dontletyourself.org

http://www.thatsnotcool.com

http://www.thehotline.org/

To visit a website that describes the signs of abuse in better detail, please visit http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, there are tools in Columbia County to help you get away from your abuser. 

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