HOPE HOUSE ENCOURAGES PARENTS AND TEACHERS TO TALK TO THEIR TEENAGE CHILDREN ABOUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Lee’s Summit, Missouri (February 12, 2019) – February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Hope House and advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence. Parents, school counselors, and teachers are encouraged to talk to teenagers and share resources about domestic violence and the signs. Hope House offers resources for teenagers who have experienced abuse by an intimate partner. Hope House offers these services through the 24 hour hotline 816-461-HOPE.

“We advocate all year for survivors of domestic violence. Each February we continue the conversation about teen dating violence awareness and prevention,” says Hope House CEO, MaryAnne Metheny. “It is so important that teens understand what a healthy relationship looks like. We encourage parents and guardians to have open communication about the relationships their teens are in. Education and awareness about what a healthy relationship looks like is important for teenagers to understand.”

Domestic violence does not discriminate. It happens to all age ranges. One in four women will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetime. Raising awareness and starting the conversation can prevent many teens from experiencing teen dating violence.

About Hope House

Hope House provides comprehensive domestic violence services including two emergency shelters, 24-hour crisis hotline, court and hospital advocacy programs, individual and group therapy, safe supervised visitation program, as well as comprehensive services encompassing prevention, education and support for thousands of people traumatized by domestic violence every year. The 24-hour hotline number is 816-461-HOPE (4673).

For more information: www.hopehouse.net