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Desiring a romantic partner is a natural, expected part of adolescence. However, involvement in a serious or exclusive romantic relationship in the preteen/early teen years can create problems.

Our Society has long overlooked and downplayed the problem of violence in teenage dating relationships. Teenagers can choose better relationships when they learn to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship, understand that they have choices, and believe they are valuable people who deserve to be treated with respect. Research has shown that prevention and early intervention efforts are effective in reducing domestic violence.

Thank you Genifer Scaletta, Ambridge Junior High School Guidance Counselor, for inviting the DBCAO to share Demi’s message with your 7th and 8th grade students. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide information and resources to your students with regards to TDV Awareness and Prevention.