Did you know that alcohol and drugs play a major role in increasing violence toward a partner in a relationship?February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, designed to raise awareness about this and related issues. One study found that, in junior high and high school, teens who drank alcohol before age 13 were more likely to be both victims and abusers when it comes to physical dating violence.
And, if you do need someone to talk to, where can you go for help? The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence.
If you or someone you know is in a relationship where one person acts like this, there are places you or your friend can go for help. Creating awareness about dating violence among teens can help prevent more teens from getting physically or emotionally abused in their relationships.
For example, you might talk to your guidance counselor about hosting an event at your school.
Although they may not seem to welcome your involvement, teens in abusive situations definitely need the support of their parents.
Check out the Start Strong program for some great tips and resources on how to help your teens.