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Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Awareness Month

TO: Parents/Guardians

FROM: The Wellness Department

DATE: February 14, 2024

SUBJECT: Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Awareness Month

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To the NH School Community,

 

February is Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Awareness Month. As a school community, let's stay informed about the signs of teen dating violence and know where to turn if you suspect yourself, a friend or a family member is experiencing dating violence.

 

Dating violence is never okay in any form. There are many forms of violence to be aware of:

 

1.    Physical abuse - unwanted and intentional contact with someone's body or something

close to their body with the intent to harm.

 

2.    Emotional and verbal abuse - non-physical behavior such as threats, insults,

humiliation, intimidation, isolation, or social media monitoring.

 

3.    Sexual abuse - force or coercion to perform unwanted sexual acts.

 

4.    Digital abuse - using social media or texting to intimidate, stalk, or harass someone.

 

5.    Stalking - when someone follows you or harasses you, causing fear and uncertainty.

 

For more information on types of abuse, you can visit loveisrespect.org.

It’s important to be aware of signs someone may be a victim of dating abuse. If you have a friend you suspect is experiencing signs of abuse, here are some tips on how you can help them:

 

1.    Reach out to them and ask if they need help or support. Ensure they’re safe when

communicating your concerns, and let them know you are there for them when they

need someone.

 

2.    Listen to them. Let them share their story and remind them it’s not their fault.

 

3.    Tell a trusted adult. Sometimes, looking out for your friend means letting an adult know

something is wrong and allowing them to step in and help.

 

If you, a friend, or a family member is experiencing abuse, here are resources available to the Northern Highlands Regional High School District.

 

Northern Highlands Wellness Department

 

Care Solace

 

Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential service provided by the Northern Highlands Regional High School District. It can help you find a mental health or substance use provider with little to no wait time.

If your child, or a student you know of, is struggling or needs additional support please reach out to wellness@northernhighlands.org so we can connect them to a member of our wellness team. Additional Mental Health Resources can be found by visiting our website.

 

Thank you for your continued attention, consideration, and support!  

 

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