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Teen Dating Violence Town Hall Meeting at West Mesa

Dating violence affects at least 1 in 9 New Mexico high school students. If you're a teen or have a teen in your life, you need to know about teen dating violence.

When
Feb 25, 2010
from 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Where West Mesa High School Performing Arts Center, 6701 Fortuna Rd. NW Albuquerque, NM 87121
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Governor Richardson has declared February "Dating Violence Awareness Month," citing these shocking statistics:

  • 1 in 9 New Mexico teens report being hit, slapped, or intentionally harmed by their dating partner in the last year.
  • 21.7% of African American, 12.7% of Latino, and 12.6% of Native American teens report physical dating violence.
  • Teen dating violence is considered a serious public health issue, placing adolescent victims at greater risk for poor academic achievement, teen pregnancy, substance use, violent behavior, suicide, and adult re-victimization.

Get Answers

Join us at this town hall meeting to get your questions and concerns addressed by a panel of experts.

What is Teen Dating Violence?

Teen Dating Violence or TDV is when one person in a dating relationship physically, sexually, or emotionally hurts, scares or intimidates the person they are dating.  Some examples of TDV are:

  • Put downs
  • Gossiping or turning friends against you
  • Telling friends or parents private or embarrassing things about you
  • Harassing you by texting you things like, "Where are you?  Who are you talking to?  What are you wearing?"  and making you feel scared that if you don't answer the texts, then something bad will happen.
  • Checking up on you  or stalking you through monitoring your MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, texts or emails
  • Forcing you to do things you don't feel comfortable with, like sending pictures of yourself by text, having unprotected sex, or drinking
  • Threatening to hurt you or themselves if you don't do what they want you to do 

Know the Red Flags of Teen Dating Violence:

Know the Red Flags of Teen Dating Violence
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