Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Charlotte, NC
Wallin, Jessica A.
jwallin@cmpd.org
2/1/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 1, 2016

Contact: Jessica Wallin, CMPD Public Affairs
704-336-2338, jwallin@cmpd.org

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