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Be aware of teen dating violence


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 20, 2019 - 6:10 PM

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Break the Cycle is a website for youth that states, “everyone deserves a healthy relationship when dating.” This site answers questions and has quizzes for you to take to see if your relationship is healthy or unhealthy and abusive. We hope you will visit it today.

Break the Cycle’s theme for this year’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness month is:

“Your Love Is Unique…. with Consent.”

Let’s Be Real is a national movement by young people for young people about relationships. It can be found on the Break the Cycle website.

Family Patterns Matter believes that our youth are key to change if they are taught what to look for and have the tools to use when they find themselves in an abusive relationship. It can begin as early as 11 years.

Statistics show one in three high school students suffer from physical or sexual violence

or both from a dating partner. Young women ages 18-24 suffer the highest rate of intimate partner violence. Stalking and online bullying are common occurrences in our youth today.

Break the Cycle website has tools and information all of us should become familiar with. Knowing the signs and symptoms, we can help our youth navigate the dating years. It’s as easy as starting a conversation.

Teen dating violence and domestic violence are public health issues. Family Patterns Matter believes in awareness. We have information on our website – www.familypatternsmatter.org – and you can also go to www.breakthecycle.org to find out more on what you can do.

Our Facebook page for teens is Unmasked and Unique. We invite you to share your information on this page and join us in education in our youth. We want this page to be interactive to bring our youth solutions and answers to their questions.

Be the one who starts the conversation. We invite you to join us at our Youth Advisory Board meetings the first Monday of the month at the Coweta Veterans Club. Contact us at

familypatternsmatter@gmail.com

Together we can create the change that will allow our youth to know what a healthy dating relationship looks like.

Linda Kirkpatrick

Family Patterns Matter

Newnan