February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February 5, 2013 in Education, News, Statewide News, Top Stories

As we enter into the month of February and draw closer to Valentine’s Day, Attorney General Jim Hood would like to remind Mississippians of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and the resource’s available at the Attorney General’s Office.
National statistics show that one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
“Domestic Violence is a learned behavior,” said Attorney General Hood.  “If we don’t intervene, statistics show that boys and girls who are exposed to violence in their homes are statistically much more likely than children who aren’t to become abusers or victims as adults.  It is my hope that, through our awareness and prevention efforts, we can help our young people learn how to develop healthy relationships and improve these alarming statistics.”