Our final story of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, now on the cusp of Women’s History Month, details the slow onset of red flags in a relationship that started later in high school. After trust had been established, she started to notice something was wrong, but continued to make excuses for these behaviors.
Our friend is right: it is never too late to walk away. The investment in the relationship does not justify the harm or pain experienced. There is hope for survivors and victims of teen dating violence and we are so proud to have these strong women in our corner.
Thank you all for the stories you have shared with us and for the support our community gives men and women experiencing these situations. The respect and trust we have received is unparalleled. To get involved, stay up to date with Battered and Beautiful as we release information about volunteer opportunities and fundraisers. We are thankful and appreciative of you!
If you or someone you love is experiencing TDV, please know that there are resources to help you. You can visit the National Domestic Violence hotline at www.thehotline.org for more resources.