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National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

The month of February is often associated with the heart – it’s home to Valentine’s Day, recognized as American Heart Month, and known as Relationship Wellness Month.

But if you don’t know what’s healthy in a relationship, would you be able to recognize what’s unhealthy?

We know that one in 10 high school students who dated have experienced physical dating violence in the past year. When you factor in psychological and sexual violence, some studies have found the number to be one in four.

While no teen is immune from dating violence, it doesn’t have to happen. We can all play a role in preventing teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships.

To better understand teen dating violence, how to recognize the signs, and ways to help prevent it, visit CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention website.

You may also find our free, online training Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention useful.

We appreciate your efforts to support this important issue during the month of February and all year long.