Everyone deserves a healthy relationship
• Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
• Nearly half (43%) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
• Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence.
Is your relationship healthy?
Dating violence includes physical abuse, verbal or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or digital abuse through cyber bullying, sexting or stalking on social media.
Relationship red flags
Micromanaging your time and personal life, criticizing you and arguing frequently are all red flags that can grow over time and end in violence. Read more over at the Good Men Project.
Wear Orange on Tuesday, February 13
Use the hashtag #Orange4Love to show your support for healthy relationships. Tweet, share and join us @hcwcenter
Attend an event in February in San Marcos, Texas
Feb 1 at 5:30: Texas State Women’s Basketball is raising awareness for dating violence. Find us at the game!
Feb 15: Mochas & Javas profit-share – to celebrate their 15th anniversary, Mochas & Javas is donating a portion of their profits to HCWC!
Feb 16 at 7 pm: Vagina Monologues at Stonewall Warehouse
Download and distribute our poster on healthy relationships and self-compassion
February is Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and young adult. Throughout the month, organizations and individuals nationwide join forces to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.
Get Help Here
If you’re experiencing abuse from your partner, you don’t have to deal with this alone. Please call our 24/7 HELPline at 512-396-(HELP)4357 to speak to an advocate about your options. It’s free and anonymous.
For online chat or texting, visit LoveIsRespect.org.
Austin area teens and young adults can contact Expect Respect, a program of SAFE that engages youth, parents, schools and communities in building healthy teen relationships and preventing dating abuse.
Teens have legal rights! Check out the Texas Advocacy Project for more information.
Warning: your online behavior can be tracked. Read more on internet safety here.
If your group or school would like to learn some healthy relationship skills, please contact Brandon Pendleton, Primary Prevention Coordinator. He gets to talk about cool topics like this with kids and adults alike. Request a presentation today.