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Teen dating violence workshops for Needham high schoolers

Posted by Evan Allen  March 14, 2012 09:17 AM

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Teenagers swooning with puppy love don’t always know the facts on teen dating violence – but Needham Youth Services aims to educate them.

This month, Youth Services clinician Katy Coltheart is visiting each of Needham’s 15 ninth-grade classrooms to teach a 90-minute workshop on teen dating violence.

“They don’t necessarily know what to look for,” she said. “I also think there’s that naivete – they’re new to relationships.”

The seminars focus on what dating violence is, why people stay in abusive relationships, warning signs to look for, and how to help yourself or a friend.

One in three teenagers experiences dating violence, she said.

Needham’s Domestic Violence Action Committee has more information here.

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