Experts to host workshops to help prevent teen dating abuse during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month and local experts are hosting seminars to help you spot and prevent teen dating abuse.

Representatives from the Domestic Violence Network say the issue is more common than you might think: Indiana ranks 3rd in the U.S. for sexual dating violence among high school students.

The Indiana Youth Institute is also researching the issue, showing about 12% of high school girls and 8% of high school boys in Indiana experience physical violence in their relationship. That’s why the IYI  is teaming-up with community partners like DVN to host seminars for local parents, teens, teachers and youth workers to discuss the issues and warning signs.

“A lot of young people tell me that adults won’t talk to them about their relationships, that they’re afraid to ask them about it,” said Lindsay Stawick, Youth Program Manager for the Domestic Violence Network.

Stawick says it’s not just about physical or sexual abuse either — there are other ways teens are affected.

“It happens through social media, it’s verbal, it’s emotional so it’s important that young people know those red flags. One in four young people are harassed or abused via social media, so it’s definitely a scary thing for young people,” Stawick said.

Here are the details about the seminars:

  • Preventing Teen Dating Violence
  • Tuesday, October 25th at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 27th at Edna Martin Christian Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The event is free, but an RSVP is requited. Sign-up by clicking here.

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