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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

For many people, adolescence is a time to experiment with and learn about romance and relationships. This can be a fun and exciting time. Unfortunately, for too many young people it can be a scary and dangerous time too.

Research shows that 1 in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year. About 1 in 3 young people experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a partner.

Take time this month to learn how to support the young people in your life. Talk with them about healthy relationships and tell them what they can do if they are afraid for themselves or a friend.

If you or the youth have questions or concerns, call or text the Kodiak Teen Line anytime at 907-942-9015

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Warning Signs of Abuse

from loveisrespect.org

Is this abuse?

Dating abuse is a pattern of coercive, intimidating, or manipulative behaviors used to exert power and control over a partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse isn’t also dating violence; we simply recognize that dating violence tends to involve a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.

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The Relationship Spectrum Take the Quiz!

Find Ways to Support Your Child Dealing With Dating Abuse

from loveisrespect.org

Being a parent of someone in an abusive dating relationship makes a difficult situation even harder. Knowing or even suspecting that your child is being harmed can be both frightening and frustrating.

As a parent, you’re a crucial part of helping them develop healthy relationships and providing the support necessary to build their confidence in order to leave the bad ones. You’re also probably afraid for their safety and accustomed to intervening right away when you see them get hurt.

Maintaining mutual trust depends on you demonstrating to your children that you’re trustworthy — that means respecting their decision-making even when you disagree with them. You can’t force them to trust you and you can’t live their lives, including decisions about their relationships.

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President: Heidi Barret-McNerney

Vice President: Cassie Keplinger

Treasurer: Helen Shepard

Secretary: Jessica Rauwolf

Board Member: Amanda Becker

Board Member: Debbie Olson

Board Member: Selida Guitron-Padilla

Board Member: Colby Perez


Executive Director: Rebecca Shields

SART & Shelter Coordinator: Penny Lampl

Case Management: Melissa Austin

Outreach Coordinator: Ellamy Tiller

Administrative Outreach Advocate: Alina Button

Advocate: Jo-Ann Abalanza

Advocate: Pinky Cruz

Advocate: Kimberly Dolph

Advocate: Skyler Gertz

Advocate: Lisa Johnson

Advocate: Abigail Rudger

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