Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | February 20, 2011

February 21, 2011 Host Lynette Mullen Speaks with Dawn Watkins and Jesica Bishop about Teen Dating Violence Awareness.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and on Feb. 1, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors recognized this issue with a proclamation.

Join us on Monday, Feb. 21 as Lynette Mullen talks with Dawn Watkins, program director for Humboldt Domestic Violence Services, and Jesica Bishop, Tapestry Program Coordinator for Eureka City Schools about Teen Dating Violence.

Dating violence is defined by the United States Department of Justice as: “the perpetration or threat of an act of violence by at least one member of an unmarried couple on the other member within the context of dating or courtship.” More simply put, teen dating violence is an act of violence that occurs between two young people involved in a romantic relationship. 

According to the DOJ, one in three teenagers have experienced violence in a dating relationship. In dating violence, one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through some kind of verbal, emotional, or physical abuse. Dating violence crosses all economic, racial and social lines; most victims are young women who are also at higher risk for serious injury.

Teen dating violence often is hidden because teenagers typically:
–Are inexperienced with dating relationships.
–Want independence from parents.
–Have romanticized views of love.
–Are pressured by peers to have dating relationships.

Teenagers can choose better relationships when they learn to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship and understand that they have choices, and believe they are valuable people who deserve to be treated with respect.

Humboldt Domestic Violence Services

Eureka City Schools

Intro music: Kiran Ahluwalia, Wanderlust, Haal-e-Dil

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