Hope House Encourages parents to Talk to Their Teens About Domestic Violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

WHO:     
During February, National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the staff at Hope House encourages parents to talk to their teenage children about the signs of domestic violence.  

WHAT:     
Teen dating violence is intimate partner violence that occurs between people who are in a relationship and under the age of 18.

Common warning signs of dating abuse, according to breakthecycle.org

•  Extreme jealousy and insecurity    
•  Explosive temper
•  Constant belittling or put-downs    
•  Making false accusations
•  Telling someone what to do    
•  Possessiveness
•  Constant mood swings toward you    
•  Isolation from family and friends
•  Physically inflicting pain or hurt in any way    
•  Repeatedly pressuring someone to have sex
•  Checking cell phones, emails, or social media networks without permission

Hope House provides resources for teenagers who have experienced abuse by an intimate partner:
o    Six-week program for at-risk teens
o    Therapy through Hope House outreach program
o    24/7 hotline 816-461-4673

WHEN:     
During the month of February, Hope House is encouraging parents to help #breaktheycycle of #domesticviolence by educating their teenage children about the qualities of a healthy relationship. 

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WHY:     
Domestic violence does not discriminate. Abuse happens among heterosexual couples and in same-sex partnerships. It occurs within all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, and economic levels. And while women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused. The bottom line is that abusive behavior is never acceptable, whether it’s coming from a man, a woman, a teenager, or an older adult. Everyone deserves to feel valued, respected, and safe. Learn more at helpguide.org.
    
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

Here are some resources parents can share with their teens
Dating Abuse Resources for Teens
Types of Abuse
Creating Support Systems
Should we break up? 
How to Help Others
4 Apps for #TeenDVMonth 

Hope House provides comprehensive domestic violence services including a total of 122 beds at two shelter locations, 24-hour crisis hotline, court and hospital advocacy programs, individual and group therapy, safe supervised visitation program for court-ordered visits, as well as comprehensive services encompassing prevention, education, and support for thousands of people traumatized by domestic violence every year. Learn more at hopehouse.net