Each year, GFWC awards scholarships to help intimate partner abuse survivors obtain a post-secondary education that offers a chance to reshape their future by securing employment and gaining personal independence.

According to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC), teen dating violence includes the physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence that may occur within a relationship.

In many cases, teens in abusive relationships experience severe psychological conflict which can lead to changes in their behavior.

Some warning signs to watch out for include increased levels of aggression, isolation from family and friends, and erratic mood swings.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness and promote prevention programs for abuse in teen and 20-something relationships.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

Loveisrespect, a powerful project to empower youth and prevent abuse created by Break the Cycle and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, explains that intimate violence disproportionately harms young women and girls between ages of 16 and 24. Introduce Schools to Start Talking Encourage your local middle and high schools to join loveisrespect’s Start Talking program, a new dating violence prevention curriculum.

They experience abuse at a rate almost triple the national level. Learn the Signs of Abuse Visit loveisrespect for information on common warning signs of violence in relationships and check out their power and control wheel to understand the different ways an abusive partner may attempt to manipulate a relationship.

GFWC is committed to preventing domestic violence and it is important for clubwomen to come together and raise awareness about the most at-risk group. Attend loveisrespect’s Webinar: “The New Normal: Understanding the Dating Culture and Dating Abuse in Today’s Society,” on February 2 at 2 p.m. Get Informed About Teen Dating Violence The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women offers numerous resources, including a toolkit on preventing and responding to teen dating violence.

This month is a great time to get involved in preventing and raising awareness of teen dating violence and continue the conversation throughout the year. Loveisrespect has handouts that can be used at awareness events with facts, relationship quizzes, and answers to common questions.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Events Join loveisrespect’s Twitter chat @loveisrespect: “A Deeper Look at Boundaries,” on February 18 at 6 p.m. Provide Resources Loveisrespect, Break the Cycle, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline partnered to create a hotline that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Those experiencing abusive behaviors can call 1-866-331-9474, chat online, or text “loveis” to 22522 to speak with a trained peer advocate.