National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

teen violenceAcross our country, dating violence is a concern and an issue we need to bring to the attention of not only our teens but parents and teachers as well. We owe it to our teens, to come together, to promote healthy and safe relationships while raising awareness about teen dating violence.

Do you know, 1 in 3 high school students will be involved in an abusive relationship prior to graduating? 

Do you know, jealousy, isolation, intensity (expressing feelings in extreme ways), and monitoring someones social media are all warning signs of potential abuse? 

Do you know, girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average? 

Do you know, nearly half of dating college women are likely to experience some form of violent or abusive dating behaviors? 

Do you know, of adult men who experience partner abuse, 15% of them report that they first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age?

Do you know, the Urban Institute reports significantly higher rates of dating violence among LGBTQ+ youth than among non-LGBTQ+ youth?

Do you know, only 33% of teenagers who experienced dating abuse have ever told anyone about it?

Do you know, 81% of parents believe that teen dating violence is not an issue? 

These statistics are staggering and scary! Hope’s Door is a safe place for any person experiencing domestic violence. Hope’s Door offers counseling, legal support, and shelter to survivors of abuse. For our teens, they provide Prevention Education workshops in schools all across Westchester County.

Hope’s Door works tirelessly to achieve its mission of ending domestic violence and empowering survivors to achieve safety, independence, and healing from the trauma of abuse.

Remember to reach out for help from a trusted adult: parent, teacher, mentor or call the Hope’s Door hotline for 24 hour assistance – 888-438-8700

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Ali lives in New York with her four teenage daughters and her husband. After moving around a bit as a child, she spent her teen years in Westchester county, moved to NYC for college and returned to Westchester fifteen years ago. Prior to having the girls, she was an English teacher, and on the side always enjoyed writing with the hope to one day publish a poetry book. In her free time, Ali enjoys going on long runs, browsing independent bookstores, catching up with friends. She is in a constant state of doing laundry, cooking, policing arguments, driving to and from activities, and trying her best to be the kind of mom her girls will admire, even on her worst days. Ali is excited to share with you the joys and hardships of motherhood with an open heart. You can follow Ali on Facebook at and on Instagram at