By Cheryl Bowdridge
Special to The PREVIEW
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Are you aware:
• One in three teens in the U.S. is the victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds 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).
• Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behaviors and further domestic violence.