FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 1, 2016
Contact: Jessica Wallin, CMPD Public Affairs
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This year the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Domestic Violence Unit will be working together with Community Support Services and several Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to raise awareness during the month.
According to statistics collected from the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
- One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
- Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don't know if it's an issue.
- Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
Please see the attached flyers concerning educational events during February to bring awareness to teen dating violence. National Respect Announcement Poster.pdfWear Orange Day Poster.pdf