Department of Family Services - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

703-324-5730
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 339
Fairfax, VA 22035

Nannette Bowler,
Director

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month graphic Break the Cycle

Dating violence is a pattern of harmful behaviors used to gain or maintain power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate or dating relationship that occurs between people of all ages, races, ethnicities, economic, educational, and religious backgrounds, in heterosexual and same-sex relationships, living together or separately, married or unmarried. While anyone can experience dating violence, teens and young adults are particularly vulnerable. Statistics show young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of dating violence. One in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional violence from a partner. Rates of teen dating violence far exceed rates of any other youth violence.

We encourage everyone to Be.the.One to Break the Cycle of unhealthy dating relationships and teen dating violence, and Fairfax County is participating in a series of events to help with that endeavor.