National Teen Dating Violence Month resources announced

CHARLOTTE – The Mecklenburg County Community Support Services Women’s Commission is highlighting National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

During Feburary, advocates and practitioners will be educating teens and their parents that domestic violence is not a problem just for adults but can be common in teen dating as well.

“We want every teen and adult to know that they are valued as human beings and should not tolerate abuse in their relationship,” said Marie White, director of the women’s commission. “By taking time to highlight teen dating violence month in February, we hope to educate them and their parents about what they can do to spot violence in a relationship and stop it before it is too late.”

The Women’s Commission has compiled a listing of many resources for teens and their families to use this month, and all year, to avoid dating violence. The resources can be found at the Women’s Commission website, www.charmeck.org/Departments/Womens+Commission/Home.htm, and include facts about teen dating violence, how to break the cycle of violence and how to help a teen in an abusive relationship.

These resources are offered to the community to gain a better understanding of teen dating violence and ways in which people can help raise the awareness of the problem as well as help those in need.

For more information on the effects of domestic violence, call Community Support Services at 704-432-7233, CSS Women’s Commission at 704-336-3210 or United Family Services’ Shelter for Battered Women 24-hour hot line at 704-332-2513.

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