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February proclaimed Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month


Amanda Tafolla-Sutton / Sun-Telegraph

Doves Director Vickie Williams brings the red flags poster with her when teaching teens about domestic and dating violence.

In January, Governor Pete Rickets proclaimed the month of February 2017 as Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In recognition of the month, Doves Program Director for Cheyenne/Kimball County, Vickie Williams, shared some information to promote awareness.

Dating and domestic violence can affect anyone regardless of age, social standing, race or ethnic background. The key to stopping an abusive pattern could start with learning what a healthy relationship is, and the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship.

Dating violence and domestic violence are fairly similar, the difference between the two is that domestic violence comes from an intimate partner or a family member while dating violence is between those who are dating.

Though dating violence can affect all ages, many times there is an emphasis on teen dating.

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