June 2017 Jo Anne Seccurra

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in ten teens reported being physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend. Teens may keep violence a secret because they are inexperienced, feel peer pressure, want to be independent from their parents or have romanticized views about love.

What are the warning signs that your teen is being abused? What are the behaviors of a teen abuser? LovelsRespect.org has great resources to answer these questions and more.

Utica National school customers can take the Dating Violence: Identification and Prevention course from SafeSchools at no additional cost.

What do you, your school or community do to combat dating violence?

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