February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence, “every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.”
Creswell, stated that the organization uses this time to focus on young people because violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established during adolescence.
When asked if the local Victim Services works with a lot of teens who have experienced dating violence, Creswell stated that most times teens won’t report it.
“They don’t even tell their mom or dad, they just endure it. There are kids who come out here and just want someone to talk to see if they’re doing something wrong or how they should approach things in their relationship.”
If you or someone you know is ready to seek help, Victim Services of Big Spring can be contacted through their website vsob.org.