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The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities and Casa de Esperanza observes Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month (TDVAM) in February.

Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide come together to highlight the need to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.

The scope of the problem:

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.1
  • One in three girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.2
  • 1 in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.3
  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse or date rape.4

Latin@ youth are no exception. Join us as we observe Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with a number of exciting educational opportunities! Hear from Latin@ youth peer educators directly! Learn about effective strategies to engage youth in talking about healthy relationships and much more!

Listen to Casa de Esperanza's Youth Amig@s, a program that engages Latinas in high school, talk about healthy relationships in a culturally responsive manner.

Register for the webinar, Community Lead Innovative Youth Leaders Program, by Enlace Comunitario, a social justice organization led by Latina immigrants whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence in the Latino immigrant community and promote healthy families in Central New Mexico. This webinar will learn about ways they engage with young people to develop their leadership through peer-to-peer learning promoting healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence. Wednesday, February 22, 2017; 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

Sources:
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students—United States, 2003,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol. 55, No. 19.
2. Davis, Antoinette, MPH. 2008. Interpersonal and Physical Dating Violence among Teens. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency Focus. Available at http://www.nccd-crc.org/nccd/pubs/2008_focus_teen_dating_violence.pdf.
3. Grunbaum JA, Kann L, Kinchen S, et al. 2004. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2003. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 53(SS02); 1-96. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss5302a1.htm.
4. Schoen, C. et al., The Commonwealth Fund Survey for the Health of Adolescent Girls, November 1997.
5. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice and Statistics, Intimate Partner Violence in the United States, 1993-2004. Dec. 2006.