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article imageCalls Soared to Teen Dating Helpline During Awareness Month

By Nikki Weingartner     May 21, 2008 in Health
Statistical information printed out by the National Domestic Violence Hotline shows that awareness weeks are effective in bringing light to teen dating violence. During February of this year, the number of calls more than doubled.
"National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week" was recognized across the nation this year during the week of February 4-8 in an ongoing effort to educate teens, parents, educators and other individuals who work with teens about the ongoing epidemic that effects between one-third and one-fourth of teens in dating situations.
So just how effective was that awareness week?
According to Hotlines, a publication of the National Domestic Violence Hotline for Spring, 2008, the month of February saw more than a double in the number of calls received.
Calls received by National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
February 2008: 682 calls
January 2008: 314 calls
December 2007: 364 calls
November 2007: 396 calls
October 2007: 429 calls
September 2007: 388 calls
August 2007: 298 calls
A possible reason for a higher number of calls in October of last year was due to mandatory training implemented in some states.
The program's website called, whose founding sponsor is Liz Claiborne, also received a higher number of chats during prevention week.
Teen dating violence is a pattern of controlling behaviour that a dating partner uses against his or her boyfriend or girlfriend. It includes insults, isolation from friends and family, humiliation, stalking behaviours, name calling, controlling what they wear, checking personal cell phones, repeated texting and calling, physical abuse, coerced or forced sexual acts and can lead to injury and even death.
National Stats On Teen Dating Violence:
1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.
1 in 3 girls who have been in a serious relationship say they've been concerned about being physically hurt by their partner.
1 in 4 teens who have been in a serious relationship say their boyfriend or girlfriend has tried to prevent them from spending time with friends or family; the same number have been pressured to only spend time with their partner.
1 in 3 girls between the ages of 16 and 18 say sex is expected for people their age if they're in a relationship; half of teen girls who have experienced sexual pressure report they are afraid the relationship would break up if they did not give in.
Nearly 1 in 4 girls who have been in a relationship (23%) reported going further sexually than they wanted as a result of pressure.
The 24-hour, 7-day a week national resource based out of Austin, Texas can be reached by phone at 1-866-331-9474.
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