COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Georgia ranks number one in the nation in teen dating violence. Only 33 percent of teens admit that they have been in an abusive relationship.
Amerigroup teamed up with Hope Harbour and Columbus Regional to raise awareness of this issue. A teen dating violence forum was held Tuesday, February 10 at 6:00 PM at the Columbus Public Library.
February is Teen Dating Violence Month and organizers of the Health Awareness Teen Dating Violence forum hope to educate teens and parents on signs to look out for.
India Smith of Hope Harbour gives these signs of an abusive relationship: visible bruises, lack of interest, change in mood, fearfulness around dating partner or if that person's name is mentioned.
"Constantly texting, constantly calling, checking your password, checking your Facebook status and so forth and so on. So there are many types of domestic violence and teen dating violence. Physical violence is the most common, but there are many more types," says Smith.
Organizers say there are different types of domestic abuse, including verbal, emotional, sexual, and digital.