Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Verizon Wireless Come Together To Support Teen Dating Violence Education

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Verizon Wireless Come Together
                  To Support Teen Dating Violence Education

PR Newswire

DECATUR, Ga. and ALPHARETTA, Ga., Feb. 15, 2013

DECATUR, Ga.and ALPHARETTA, Ga., Feb. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Georgia
Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) and Verizon Wireless have teamed
up to call attention to the signs of unhealthy relationships during Teen
Dating Violence Awareness Month and beyond.

The U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that young
people ages 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of relationship violence,
abuse, and assault. An the state level, Georgia's 2010 Fatality Review showed
that more than 52 percent of the victim cases reviewed began their
relationships when they were between the ages of 16 and 24.

Because teen dating violence is a significant public health problem that
should be addressed through early prevention and intervention efforts, Verizon
Wireless and GCADV aim to educate Georgians on ways to identify teen dating
violence and the resources available to help someone experiencing relationship
abuse.

In its commitment to teen dating violence awareness and prevention efforts,
GCADV offers the following important information:

Forms of Dating Violence
Dating violence is often only seen through the physical lens; however, there
are various forms of dating violence:

  oPhysical
  oEmotional
  oSexual
  oDigital

Common Signs
Common signs seen in teen victims of dating violence may vary on a case by
case basis and include:

  oWithdrawing from friends, family, or activities
  oChanges in dress habits or behavior
  oBruises or injuries

How to Help
Help someone who may be experiencing dating violence by being supporting and
knowing the resources available to them. Supportive actions include:

  oSupporting a friend's courage to ask for help
  oLetting them know that what they are experiencing isn't their fault
  oKnowing who to reach out to for assistance and safety

Digital Safety
Recognizing that dating violence can include digital stalking and harassment,
Verizon Wireless offers Georgia's wireless customers these tips to protect
themselves:

  oRemember you have the right to be alone and spend time with friends and
    family without your partner getting angry
  oBe mindful when using check-ins like Facebook Places and Foursquare
  oTell someone, such as a counselor or campus health official, if you are
    being harassed or physically harmed in your relationship.

For a complete version of the above teen dating violence awareness and
prevention tips and resources, visit
http://gcadv.org/gcadv-and-verizon-wireless-come-together-to-support-teen-dating-violence-education/.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Website: http://www.verizonwireless.com
Website: http://www.gcadv.org
Contact: Kate Jay, Verizon Wireless, +1-678-339-4828,
Kate.Jay@verizonwireless.com, @VZWKate; or Jan Christiansen, GCADV,
+1-404-209-0280, jchristiansen@gcadv.org