Prevention Program recognizes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

TDVAM

Prevention Program recognizes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

The Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program of Coahoma Community College recognizes February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). With orange as its national color, the TDVAM theme chosen for 2021 is ‘Know Your Worth.’ 

Prevention Program recognizes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Fri Feb 19, 2021

Teen Dating

Forty-three percent of college women report violent or abusive dating behaviors. Standing in solidarity with victims of such predicaments, the Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program of Coahoma Community College recognizes February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM).

With orange as its national color, the TDVAM theme chosen for 2021 is ‘Know Your Worth,’ which aims to spread that every young person is deserving of a healthy, loving relationship.

Kenneth Gooden, the coordinator of Coahoma’s Dating and Domestic Violence Prevention Program, says, “The importance of awareness and prevention for dating violence cannot be understated. Females between the ages 16 and 24 are roughly three times more likely than the rest of the population to be abused by an intimate partner. It is truly important that individuals be able to recognize the signs of dating violence as well as knowing how to combat this violence.”

Gooden seeks to ensure students are aware of resources providing the necessary assistance.

“Also, we must provide information on where they can find help,” Gooden continued. “When you do not know where to find help, despair and hopelessness sets in. It is imperative that the campus and surrounding communities go through intervention training to help eliminate this serious problem. We must also confront the norms that are so prevalent on our campuses and in our communities that cause this crime to be underreported.”

The prevention program acknowledges that every individual can help bring an end to the problem by knowing and sharing what a healthy relationship looks like and signs of dating abuse.

A healthy relationship is marked by mutual respect between the two and trust. A young couple should also be able to confide in each other and have fun together. An abusive partner's behaviors can include constant belittling, any physical harm, and accessing a partner's cell phone without permission.

For more information, contact Gooden at extension 4666 or kgooden@coahomacc.edu.