Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This month serves as a time for organizations and individuals to come together to educate young people about dating violence, warning signs of abuse, defining healthy and unhealthy relationships to prevent the cycle of abuse.

WHAT IS TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Teen dating violence occurs when one partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through one or more forms of abuse, including physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse. Teen dating violence affects both females and males.

While young people experience the same types of abuse as adults, often the methods are unique to the teen culture. Teens often are affected by technological abuse where they receive threats by text messages, email or social media sites.

WARNING SIGNS

Warning signs that your partner is abusive include:

  • Extreme jealousy
  • Constantly putting you down or calling you hurtful names
  • Isolating you from friends and family
  • Demanding sex or affection
  • Demanding to know where you are and who you are with all the time
  • Controlling behavior
  • Unpredictable mood swings
  • Threatens violence
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Checking your cell phone, email, or social media without permission
  • Has an explosive temper

HOW COMMON IS TEEN DATING VIOLENCE

Statistics state nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse in which they have been pressured or threatened into performing oral sex or engaging in intercourse. In addition, 80 percent of teens regard verbal abuse as a serious issue for their age group.

TAKE ACTION

Less than 25 percent of teens say they have discussed dating violence with their parents. Communication should be an ongoing part of a parent’s relationship with their child and keeping the lines of communication open will allow for the teens to feel more comfortable discussing their issues. Sitting down and talking to your teens about dating violence can help them recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and encourage them to seek help if they or someone they know is in an abusive dating relationship.

Discussing dating violence with your teen doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. Ask how things are going in general and try bringing up the subject by asking what their friends’ dating relationships are like. Ask if your teen has seen any type of abusive behavior between dating couples.

Questions to help spark conversation with your teen:

  • How are things going?
  • What are your friends’ dating relationships like?
  • Have you ever seen any kind of abusive behavior between two people who are going out?
  • Why do you think someone would abuse someone they were dating?
  • Why might a person stay in an abusive relationship?
  • What makes a relationship healthy?
  • How is your relationship going?

RESOURCES

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE

Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 5,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.

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Hubbard House Unveils New Logo and Website

Hubbard House, the domestic violence center serving Duval and Baker counties, unveils its new logo and Web site which it received as part of the national We Inspire Grant.

In February of 2010 the We Inspire Grant team announced that Hubbard House was selected out of four impressive finalists from all over the country including the Center for Human Services in Sedalia, Missouri, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and SKIP of New York from New York, New York, as the recipient of their national grant. The We Inspire Grant awarded Hubbard House up to $75,000 worth of creative marketing services including strategy development, a new brand identity, a new Web site and custom photography.

As a result of the grant, the Hubbard House logo has changed from teal to purple, which is the nationally recognized color of domestic violence awareness. In addition, it has a new font and now prominently displays the agency’s mission statement: Every Relationship Violence-Free.

Additionally, the Hubbard House Web site, www.hubbardhouse.org, had a complete overhaul. The new site is easier to navigate, more modern looking and helps better communicate all the programs and services Hubbard House provides to victims of domestic violence and their children.

“We are truly grateful to have been the recipient of the We Inspire Grant,” said Jami Gaff Bueker, Chief Development Officer at Hubbard House. “We know that the new logo and Web site created for us will help Hubbard House’s mission be better understood throughout the community.”

ABOUT WE INSPIRE: Emily Rawitsch is the Owner and Creative Director at Studio Orange Design, a national graphic design boutique that specializes in brand identity and integrated marketing communications. Tiffany Manning is the Owner of Tiffany Manning Photography, a commercial studio specializing in lifestyle, portrait, and fashion photography. Fred Boyle is the Owner of Subtle Technology, a web development company that partners with clients to find the best solutions to their particular marketing problems. You can visit We Inspire on the web at www.we-inspire.org or follow them on Twitter @weinspire.

ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE: Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit Hubbard House on the web at www.hubbardhouse.org or www.facebook.com/hubbardhouseinc or follow them on Twitter @HubbardHouse.

If you or someone you know is affected by domestic violence, Hubbard House can help. Please call the Hubbard House domestic violence hotline at (904) 314-3114 or toll-free at (800) 500-1119.