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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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Tracy Darling-DeMarcus Prevention Program Manager

February is recognized nationally as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Unfortunately, abuse in relationships among teens is all too common. Each year, millions of teens experience violence by dating partners. And according to LoveIsRespect.org (the leading national resource for teens experiencing dating violence), 82% of parents thought they could recognize teen dating violence but less than half could actually identify the warning signs.

Preventing violence can start at home by talking openly and honestly about relationships with the young people in your life. Whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle or friend of someone with children, you have the power to share information, model positive behaviors and support youth who may have experienced an unhealthy or abusive relationship.

Here are a few things you can do during TDVAM:

  • Educate yourself on healthy relationships, red flags, recognizing relationship abuse and how to support a child experiencing dating violence. This site is a great place to start!
  • Start a conversation with your child or young person you care about. If they aren’t dating or their relationship is healthy, it can still be helpful for them to know that you are a safe person to talk with about all of their relationships, romantic or not. If you are concerned for their safety or suspect dating abuse, this guide may be helpful for starting that conversation.
  • Encourage them to learn more about relationships! Young people are exploring and discovering new things about relationships every day. Share resources and tools with them, like this quiz to determine if their relationship is healthy!

Remember, we are all worthy of safe, healthy relationships!

EVENTS

Jul 11

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Jul 28

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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