February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. VP@C wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. For more information, visit www.loveisrespect.org

    More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

    Take steps to make a difference:

    Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.

    Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating. Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.

    If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522