This year the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Domestic Violence Unit will be working together with several Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to raise awareness during the month.
One event is the Garinger High School at Independence Independence High School varsity basketball games on Tuesday, January 31st starting at 5:30 pm.
- Wear orange to school and the game that afternoon/evening since orange is the national color for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
- Cheerleaders will cheer with orange pom-poms and Varsity Basketball Players will wear orange socks to support the awareness effort
- The CMPD Domestic Violence Unit will set up an information table near the gym with teen dating violence resources and information
- Guest speaker, actor and Beasley Media Group’s Keir LaBelle, will address the audience between varsity games and at half times in reference to teen dating violence awareness
According to statistics collected from the National Domestic Violence Hotline,
- One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence
- Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average
- Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue
- Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year
Come out and support student-athletes from Garinger High School and Independence High School as they raise awareness of teen dating violence.