Dating violence on valentines day
Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming and, we admit, a little silly, but we like to think of it as another day to reaffirm the importance of healthy, respectful relationships – with yourself or with others! Society’s notions about love can be pretty unhealthy.
Some of the messages we hear around Valentine’s Day, and about love in general, are a little concerning though. The way we talk about and therefore perceive love is often about “possessing” or “owning” someone else.
One in three young people experience some form of dating violence or abuse.
This exceeds rates of any other type of youth violence.
"Teen Dating Violence (also known as relationship abuse, dating abuse, domestic violence, domestic abuse, etc.) is any form of abuse that occurs in a dating/romantic relationship involving a teenager. An unhealthy relationship might include: -Making you feel isolated -Atempting to control what you wear -Grabs, pushes, shoves, or hits you -"Checks in" on you frequently, expect you to ask permission before doing things, gets \ violent when you don't respond quickly. First of all Thank you Lara for this very important and useful post. Social media accounts are inundated with pictures of flowers, oversized bears, and chocolates on chocolates as well as heartwarming messages of care and affection.While it is the hope that no one has to wait or be told to show their love for someone else, this is unfortunately not the case. The special day happens to fall in the middle of a month known nationally as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.Dear Olivia, I know you are only 8 years old but it is time to have a talk about Valentine's Day.Even at the ripe age of 8, we have already sold you a bill of goods about February 14th.