Domestic violence and sexual assault are leading causes of injuries for young women and girls over the age of 15 in Georgia, according to the state's Department of Public Health. In fact, reports indicate that 30% of Georgia women in that age group will be abused at least once by their partners in their lifetimes.
To understand why, we spoke with Michelle White, who is a child and youth project manager for the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She explained how to identify and prevent teen dating violence as well as why teens are less likely to report it. And White also described the characteristics of healthy relationships.
If you or someone you know is experiencing teen dating violence, you can text Project SAFE's Teen Textline at (706) 765-8019. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can call the statewide domestic violence hotline at 1-800-334-2836.
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