Teen Dating Violence Awareness game night, workshop tonight

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. To engage teens in conversation about characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, the Family Advocacy Program will be hosting a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Game Night/Workshop.

For information on healthy vs. unhealthy dating relationship characteristics, encourage your teen to attend this free event tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chapel Annex. For information about this event, contact Sheila McLellan 478-327-8425.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. Caregivers of teens can decrease the chances of their teen being in an unhealthy relationship by educating them.

Teens without resources or educational awareness are more prone to risky and dangerous behavior. The American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center reports that violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18. 

Is it love, if a dating partner is texting all the time, wanting to know where their girlfriend or boyfriend is, and what they're doing?  Most teens would answer yes; however, this is a red-flag indicator of an unhealthy relationship. 

Power and control is the source of an abusive relationship. It's very dangerous and unhealthy. Providing tools to recognize the signs and solutions are the best prevention resource.