February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
During the month of February, Holyoke Health Center joined the national campaign to raise awareness for Teen Dating Violence. According to loveisrespect.org, 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent abusive dating behaviors. The 2019 Teen Dating Violence Awareness National Campaign theme is "Huddle Up for Healthy Relationships".
The goal of the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Campaign is to empower young people to build healthy relationships from the ground up. Throughout February, our Family Planning Project Coordinator; Glorimar Irizarry, tabled in our lobby areas to provide patients and community members with informational resources about teen dating violence and materials and tips on how to build and maintain healthy relationships. A mural was created by our patients who signed their hands in support of healthy relationships. Our employees were encouraged to wear the color orange, which symbolizes the value of human life, and asked to spread awareness about teen dating violence and supporting healthy relationships.
The Holyoke Health Center Huddles Up for Healthy Relationships!
For more information about National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, visit loveisrespect.org