Proclamation on National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

  • Published
  • By Ms. B. D. Etterle
  • 94th Airlift Wing Integrated Primary Prevention Workforce

Throughout February 2024, Dobbins Air Reserve Base actively recognizes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, intentioned to shed light on the importance of preventing teen dating violence within the military community.

As part of this initiative, Dobbins Air Force Base encourages the Dobbins community to actively engage in raising awareness of and participating in measures to prevent teen dating violence.

Acknowledging the potential impact of such issues, the 94th Airlift Wing leadership is committed to fostering a safe and supportive environment for all members of our installation and local community.

Teen dating violence is defined as physical, emotional, sexual, or verbal abuse that occurs within a dating relationship among teenagers.

Airmen, civilian personnel, contractors and dependents can play a pivotal role by promoting healthy relationships and communication among teenagers. Fostering open dialogue with teens is essential to creating an environment where they feel comfortable to discuss relationship concerns. Teaching teens to reject inappropriate behaviors will greatly assist in rejecting opportunities for abuse. This knowledge equips teens with the skills to establish and maintain respectful relationships, which will contribute to a safer community within the Air Force and in neighborhoods.

Staying vigilant and responsive to signs of teen dating violence is crucial. Parents and caretakers should be on the lookout for behavioral changes in teenagers and be ready to offer support when necessary. Also, encouraging bystander intervention and reporting mechanisms can create a culture where everyone is responsible for ensuring the well-being of their peers.

February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month serves as a reminder for the entire Air Force community to unite against teen dating violence, to actively engage in preventive measures, and play a role in fostering a culture of respect and safety for the future leaders within the military community.

To discuss circumstances of violence or prevention of violence, contact the 94th AW Integrated Primary Prevention Workforce at 678-655-5680.

See President Biden’s Proclamation on National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

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