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SCOE's Solano Youth Coalition Addresses Teen Dating Violence
Posted 3/18/21

SCOE's Solano Youth Coalition (SYC) recent launched a #LoveShouldn’tHurt social media campaign to raise awareness about teen dating violence. Led by the Coalition’s Family Justice Center Youth Committee, the campaign focused on what a healthy relationship looks like, how to tell if you are in a healthy or unhealthy relationship and provided information on local resources available for victims of violence. For the past three years, SYC has collaborated with the Solano County Family Justice Center to raising awareness around teen dating violence, available resources for victims and how to help.


Teen dating violence is more common than one might think; each year approximately 1.5 million high school students in the U.S. experience physical abuse from a dating partner. Only 33% of teens in an abusive relationship told someone about the abuse; and one in 10 high school students have been purposefully hit, slapped, or physically hurt by their partner.


“Adolescence is a pivotal time in development, so much of who we are is established during this time, our identity, beliefs and relationships. Youth who are victims of dating violence are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, engage in the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs as well as other unhealthy antisocial behaviors. The Solano Youth Coalition work around teen violence awareness is critically important,” says Solano County Superintendent of Schools, Lisette Estrella-Henderson.


On Saturday, February 27th, the Solano Youth Coalition’s (SYC) Family Justice Center Youth Committee, presented “That’s Not Love” to 25 youth during the Vacaville Youth Summit. SYC member, Aimee Han, enjoyed the virtual summit saying, “The highlight of this summit experience was the fact that our presentation informed participants of warning signs, the issue of awareness, and more. My biggest hope is that they took something away from our presentation to help people in the future.”


If you or anyone you know is a victim or survivor of domestic violence or teen dating violence, contact the Solano Family Justice Center at (707) 784-7635. 


For more information about the Solano Youth Coalition, contact Johanna Nowak-Palmer at jnowak@solanocoe.net