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February Brings Awareness to Teen Dating Violence

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Undated – (WXOW) Wisconsin domestic violence victim advocates are focusing on abusive relationships among teens in the month of February.

According to the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), one in three teens in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, which is higher than all other forms of youth violence.

Executive Director of the WCADV, Patti Seger, says "teen victims…many times feel adults will blame them for the abuse they have suffered. We need parents, teachers, and other adults to recognize the signs of abuse and know how to support teen victims."

The WCADV hopes to reach out to current victims and work to foster better appreciation for healthy relationships among young people.

Numerous events are planned to raise awareness. The event "One Billion Rising" is aimed at engaging people in creative demonstrations to end violence against women. More information and other events can be found here.

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