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February marks Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month.

To mark the month and what it stands for, Mayor Tom Henry signed a proclamation for the City of Fort Wayne.

Leaders with the YWCA of Northeast Indiana say 1 in 3 teens will become a victim of dating abuse -that applies to both boys and girls.

The YWCA works with schools and organizations to help raise awareness about dating violence and signs of abuse.

Some of those signs include controlling behavior, demanding passwords for phones, and jealousy in an unhealthy way.

YWCA leaders say outreach is key to helping young people know what’s right and what’s wrong when it comes to dating.

A recent CDC report, they found 8 percent of high school students reported physical violence from a dating partner, and 7 percent reported sexual violence.

The YWCA has several services, including one-on-one support. Click here to see all of their resources.

If you believe you have been the victim of domestic violence, or you’d like to learn more about the resources available to help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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