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TEEN DATING VIOLENCE: Self-defense builds survivors, not fighters

February 27, 2014

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 — 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.

“February is our time to focus on dating violence, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do what we can to help teens all year long,” said Natalie Lewis, WCDVTF president. “Domestic and dating violence happen in our area in every month, in every season. It’s something we should be aware of all the time.”

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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