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Promise Place Announces Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to Promote Healthy Relationships

GRIFFIN - February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Dating violence is more common than many people think. Studies show one in three high school students experience either physical or sexual violence, or both, that is perpetrated by someone they are dating or going out with.[1] During February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Promise Place has partnered with the national campaign of Break the Cycle to promote teen dating violence awareness.

Educators, parents and community leaders along with middle, high school and college students are encouraged to creatively promote messages about dating violence prevention and raise awareness of what a healthy relationship looks like.

Throughout the month, Promise Place will facilitate a series of activities in partnership with community organizations to support Teen Dating Violence Awareness month which include: a “Chalk about Love” event in Fayette, Spalding, Pike, and Upson Counties. The year-round program of teen dating violence prevention classes will be held in middle and high schools throughout the three-county area of Fayette, Spalding, and Upson counties.

Promise Place is proud to announce its 4th Annual Teen Summit. As youth begin dating, it’s important they are equipped with the necessary tools to help them engage in healthy relationships. Teen Summit offers parents and teens an improved understanding of the ingredients that make up respectful relationships, as well as how to recognize the warning signs and patterns of dating violence.

The 2020 Teen Summit’s theme, “Real Talk: Let’s be Real About Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence”, will explore what it means to positively impact our communities in supporting teens to engage in and maintain healthy relationships. The summit will be held on Saturday, February 29th at the UGA Griffin campus from 11:30am – 2:30 pm in the Stuckey auditorium. Click here to register.

About Promise Place

Promise Place is a non-profit domestic violence shelter program which provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence and their children. These services include emergency shelter, a 24 -hour emergency hotline, legal advocacy, weekly support groups, relocation assistance, emergency needs assistance, crisis counseling, safety planning, community education and a teen dating violence prevention program in middle and high schools.

Visit Promise Place at promiseplace.org for more information.


1 Vagi, K.J., Olsen, E.O.M., Basile, K.C., & Vivolo-Kantor, A.M. (2015). Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. JAMA Pediatrics, 169 (5), 474-482.

Submitted 2.13.20