National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month started in 2016 as an initiative created by President Barack Obama.
Dating violence may include physical force, such as hitting or shoving; emotional abuse, such as constant monitoring; or sexual assault. Teens are easily influenced by their early relationships, and the example set by those relationships can have a lasting impact on their lives.
Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol abuse, and thoughts of suicide. Approximately one in ten teenagers report being physically or sexually victimized by a dating partner, while many other victims do not report it at all.
All Americans have a role to play in ending dating violence and fostering safe, healthy environments for teens and young adults.
The Township Committee declares February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and encourages all Hillsborough residents to join the campaign and become concerned about the violence that occurs every day to our country’s teens in the hope of reaching a day where no young person knows the pain caused by dating violence.