As part of the activities to commemorate National Teen Dating Violence Month, the Santa Clara County's Office of Women's Policy and the Domestic Violence Information and Resource Collaborative will host a workshop Thursday for educators and others who may be working with teenagers involved in violent dating relationships.
Participants will learn warning signs associated with teen dating violence, as well as available resources and services; connect with community agencies; and become familiar with the process of reporting and expediting help for victims.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define teen dating violence as the physical, sexual, or psychological/emotional violence within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. A 2011 nationwide survey on youth risk behavior revealed that 9 out of 100 high school students reported being hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the 12 months prior to the survey.
Local experts from the courts will be on hand during the workshop, along with law enforcement officials, agencies assisting domestic violence victims, crisis hotlines, social services, housing and emergency shelters, immigration, legal, mental and substance abuse counselors.
The forum, which is free, will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the county's Re-Entry
Participants must pre-register, as space is limited.
For more information or to pre-register, call Julie Ramirez at (408) 299-5135 or email email@example.com.