Domestic violence crisis center, wilton domestic violence task force partnering to recognize February as teen dating violence awareness month

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is partnering with the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force to recognize February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Wilton Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month programs will include a parent workshop, and a free movie night for teens.

Visit https://www.dvccct.org/teen-dating-violence-awareness-month/ for a complete list of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s activities, and resources for teens, and the adults who support them.

The theme for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2022 is “Talk About It,” a call to action to encourage meaningful conversations about healthy relationships, and navigate what may be unhealthy, or even abusive.

One in three teens in the U.S., will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone, who they are in a relationship with before they become adults.

In addition, nearly half of college women report experiencing violent, or abusive dating behaviors.

“Community education plays a critical role in addressing and preventing teen dating abuse. Unfortunately, young people may not grow up in a home with adults who model healthy relationship behaviors in their own lives. Still, those skills can be learned through preventive education,” Domestic Violence Crisis Center Associate Director Ann Rodwell Lawton told Hearst Connecticut Media.

“Studies show that a young person's first relationship experience sets the tone for their future relationships. Learning to recognize healthy relationship signs and knowing how to access resources for help better equips teens in building healthy relationships now and for their futures,” Rodwell said.

Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force member Donna Peterson said the partnership with Domestic Violence Crisis Center enables the task force to support teens, and their parents in the community by providing education, and resources on the issue.

“We are grateful for our partnership with DVCC in raising awareness for the prevention of teen dating abuse. DVCC's prevention educators and counselors provide a vital resource for families in the Wilton community,” Perterson told Hearst Connecticut Media.

Wilton Teen Domestic Violence Awareness Month Programs include:

- A “ Healthy Relationships Are Learned” Parent Workshop, on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center will join the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, the Wilton Youth Council, the Trackside Teen Center, and the Wilton Youth Services department for a virtual workshop for parents, “Healthy Relationships Are Learned.”

Register at us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldO6urjIqEtC4znzrd1S3ODNjbZkeQLnI.

- Movie Night at the Trackside Teen Center on Friday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m.

Teens are invited for a free screening of the film, “Sierra Burgess is a Loser,” at the Trackside Teen Center, located at 15 Station Road in Wilton.

After the movie, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s Prevention Educator will facilitate a short discussion about the relationships, and messages in the film.

The event is co-sponsored by the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force, the Wilton Youth Council, and the Trackside Teen Center.

- Book Display at the Wilton Public Library. Novel books can be a powerful way to learn about the dynamics around dating abuse.

People can look for the book display at the Wilton Library, featuring novels with teen dating issues as part of the plot.

- Download the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s Free Parent Resource Guide.

Parents are well-positioned to make a difference in their children's lives.

However, in a national online survey of parents with children ages 11 to 18, nearly half, 45 percent, had not discussed dating violence with their children in the past year.

View the guide at https://www.dvccct.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/TDA-Parent-Resource-Guide-2.pdf.

Tuesday Feb. 8, Wear Orange Day. The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, and the Wilton Domestic Violence Task Force ask the community to recognize the national day to raise awareness about teen dating abuse, and send the message that abuse will not be tolerated by wearing orange.

Participants are encouraged to take a picture wearing orange, and post it on social media with the hashtags #TDVAM2022 #Orange4Love #WearOrangeDay and tag @DVCCCT and @WiltonDomesticViolenceTaskForce.

For more information about the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’'s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month programs, and registering for a workshop, visit dvccct.org/teen-dating-violence-awareness-month/.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center is here to support individuals on their journey to safety.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center advocates for individuals, who are experiencing abuse in personal relationships.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s multiple services, and professional staff help people, who are experiencing any level of domestic violence, and assists them in building a safer environment for the well-being of themselves, and their families.

All victim services are free, and confidential.

All services that are offered are multicultural, and multi-lingual.

In Fiscal Year 2021, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center provided direct services to 3,481 individuals, and preventive education programs to 5,650 youth in the community.

The Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s mission is to provide effective services, support, and education for the prevention, and the elimination of domestic violence across the Connecticut communities of Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and beyond.

If a person, or someone they know needs help, call or text the 24-hotline at 888-774-2900, for more information about DVCC, visit dvccct.org.