COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Amerigroup, Hope Harbor, Be There, and Carver High School are teaming up to put a stop to teen dating violence in the Valley.
On Thursday, the groups held an event at the Columbus Public Library and provided young adults resources to recognize the early signs of teen violence. Some signs speakers warned about included controlling behavior, like a partner overly concerned with what you wear.
"Many times people like to act as if it doesn't exist or it doesn't happen here. This is the real world. There are things happening here that affect our community. So we want to be a resource and not be afraid to talk about it - but we're helping the situation," says Lauren Chambers, organizer of the teen dating violence forum.
Nearly 40 people attended the event, which was sponsored by Amerigroup. The event was free and open to the public.