As part of Teen Dating Violence Awarness Month, domestic violence task force members in the county have been working with high schools and young adults to promote healthy relationships. A group of women and teens participated in a self-defense workshop Saturday, hosted by Living Arts studio in Columbia City. Pictured, Instructor Dean Houser teaches Laura Richcreek (right) some basic self-defense techniques.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, members of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force do not want violence awareness to stop.
â€śFebruary is our time to focus on dating violence, but that doesnâ€™t mean that we shouldnâ€™t do what we can to help teens all year long,â€ť said Natalie Lewis, WCDVTF president. â€śDomestic and dating violence happen in our area in every month, in every season. Itâ€™s something we should be aware of all the time.â€ť
The prevention of dating violence is not just a cautionary tale for teens. It is also something parents should be concerned with.
Lewis said parents might take notice of some behavioral signs that could mean their teen is in a dangerous and violent relationship.
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