Teen dating violence workshop March 7

Feb 8, 2019 by

Published in the February 8, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield Police and domestic violence prevention agency RESPOND, Inc. have partnered to present a Teen Dating Violence Workshop for local parents and caregivers of pre-teens and adolescents on Thursday, March 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wakefield Police Department, 1 Union St.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and this workshop is designed to help educate parents on the prevalence of teen dating violence, increase their awareness around the signs and equip them with strategies for prevention and intervention.

“We know that one in three teens in the US is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner,” says RESPOND, Inc. Executive Director Jessica Brayden. “Still, many parents have no idea what the red flags might be. Identifying abuse is essential — only 33 percent of teens in an abusive relationship ever tell anyone about the abuse. This program is aimed to help parents and caregivers learn how and when to intervene, and it’s important for every parent to understand the signs.”

A RESPOND Domestic Violence Counselor assigned to the Wakefield Police Department will be present at the workshop, as well as Wakefield Police officers that work with families and children. Light refreshments will be served at the event.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ceara@respondinc.org.

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