February, a month known for love, is also appropriately designated as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
In a very important national effort to raise awareness and promote preventative programs around teen dating abusive relationships, we wanted to highlight what you need to know to keep your teens safe.
Chloe* was 15 and a sophomore in high school when she started going out with Josh*.
He was two years older, good-looking, and very intense.
I thought I could give him a second chance and he would change but that was a mistake.
We dated off and on for three years because I though he was the best I could get. When he would shoot up he would hurt me, choke me, hit me and would tell me if I didn’t do drugs with him he would put it in my arm for me.
"It was embarrassing—my family and friends were there, and I didn't know what to say," she shares. " After that Chloe did "whatever he said" in order to avoid arguing."And I loved him."Chloe no longer recognized the girl she'd become.Eventually she found the courage to break up with Josh, but agreed to stay friends.These stories may not be an emotionally easy read, but they are poignant, informative, and eye-opening.We’ve also provided a list of resources as well as a guide on how to start a conversation with your kids about abusive teen relationships.Teen dating abuse is where there is a pattern of violence or threat of violence against a partner and includes verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital abuse.