FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2013
Kate Jay, Verizon Wireless, 678.339.4828, Kate.Jay@verizonwireless.com, @VZWKate
Jan Christiansen, GCADV, 404.209.0280, firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Verizon Wireless Come Together To Support Teen Dating Violence Education
Decatur and Alpharetta, Ga. –The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) and Verizon Wireless have teamed up to call attention to the signs of unhealthy relationships during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and beyond.
The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that young people ages 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of relationship violence, abuse, and assault. Additionally the statistical information shows that people ages 18 and 19 experience the highest rates of stalking. In Georgia’s 2010 Fatality Review, findings showed that more than 52 percent of the victim cases reviewed from the project’s inception began their relationships when they were between the ages of 16 and 24. Often, teen victims of dating violence mistake these unhealthy behaviors as a “normal” part of the relationship.
Because teen dating violence is a significant public health problem that should be addressed through early prevention and intervention efforts, Verizon Wireless and GCADV aim to educate Georgians on the various forms of dating violence, signs of potential violent behaviors, and how to get help or help someone experiencing relationship abuse.
“GCADV’s commitment and efforts to raise awareness around the issue of teen dating violence, along with Verizon Wireless, is in direct relation with our core values of safety, survivor-centered responses, social change, collaboration, and our commitment to nonviolence. As advocates and members of the community, it is important that we address all intimate partner violence and bring such issues to the forefront. With such alarming information from the 2010 Fatality Review, it is imperative that we are proactive in educating and informing teens about dating violence and where they can turn to for help,” said Shenna Johnson, community resource coordinator, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
In its commitment to teen dating violence awareness and prevention efforts, GCADV offers the following important information:
Dating violence is often only seen through the physical lens; however, it is important to know all the various forms of dating violence one may experience. These include:
In addition to knowing the types of dating violence, it is important to recognize common signs seen in teen victims of dating violence. While these may vary on a case by case basis, common behaviors and signs include:
Knowing how to help someone who may be experiencing dating violence and the resources available to them are also very important factors. Supportive actions include:
Recognizing that dating violence can include digital stalking and harassment, Verizon Wireless offers Georgia’s wireless customers these tips to protect themselves:
“Dating abuse can come in many forms, including digital harassment through constant calling or texting or being deprived of the freedom to connect with friends,” said Jonathan LeCompte, Verizon Wireless Georgia/Alabama region president. “At Verizon Wireless we want to empower young people with knowledge to make good choices while enjoying all the advantages that modern technology has to offer.”
For more information on additional teen dating violence awareness and prevention resources, visit www.LoveIsNotAbuse.com, www.LoveIsRespect.org, www.thatsnotcool.com, www.facebook.com/GCADV or call the 24-Hour Statewide Domestic Violence Hoteline: 1-800-33-HAVEN (1-800-334-2836) V/TTY.
The Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence Inc. (GCADV) brings together member agencies, allied organizations and supportive individuals who are committed to ending domestic violence. Guided by the voices of survivors, we work to create social change by addressing the root causes of this violence. GCADV leads advocacy efforts for responsive public policy and fosters quality, comprehensive prevention and intervention services throughout the state. For more information, visit www.gcadv.org.
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