February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)
During the month of TDVAM, Human Options and Santa Ana High School partnered together to teach Santa Ana High School students on relationship violence prevention. Santa Ana teacher, Tom Erikson, opened up his Criminal Justice Class to Human Options’ staff member, Marissa Presley, to teach students about relationship violence, the warning signs, and what healthy relationships look like. With 1 in 3 teens experiencing some type of dating abuse, adolescents are at a higher risk of experiencing intimate partner violence than any other age group. Research has shown that dating violence is predictive of more serious physical abuse in future relationships and is correlated with a number of chronic health problems. Educating youth early about the red flags of abuse and providing the skillset to engage in healthy relationships is a preventative service with long-term positive health effects. We are grateful to Mr. Erikson and Santa Ana High School for helping us spread awareness during TVDAM and for their support in educating their students on youth relationship violence prevention. KABC7 joined us to capture the presentation. Click here to watch!