WAKEFIELD — Chief Steven A. Skory would like to invite residents to attend a workshop next week on teen dating violence prevention held in conjunction with RESPOND, Inc., a domestic violence prevention and awareness agency based in Somerville.
“Dating violence is not a problem faced solely by adults, and this workshop is an important way to keep our teens safe by teaching young people about healthy relationships,” Chief Skory said. “By partnering with RESPOND to talk with parents and guardians, we can help bring awareness to this issue and hopefully prevent it from happening.”
Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 6-8 p.m.
Wakefield Police Department, 1 Union St.
Geared towards parents and caregivers, this workshop will teach participants the warning signs of abuse and tips on how to talk with kids about healthy relationships.
A RESPOND Domestic Violence Counselor assigned to the Wakefield Police Department will give a presentation at the workshop and be available to meet with attendees. Members of the Wakefield Police Department will be in attendance as well.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. One in three teens in the U.S. have been a victim of physical, emotional, sexual or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and one in ten high school students report being hit, slapped or physically hurt by a partner, according to loveisrespect, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Only 33 percent of teens in an abusive relationship ever tell someone about it.
To RSVP, please emailat [email protected].