Apart from Valentine’s cards and chocolate roses, February is also a month known for bringing awareness to teen dating violence.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is organizing events throughout the month to raise awareness of dating violence.
Teen dating violence is on the rise due to cell phones and social media, said Jessica Williams, the director of child and youth programs at Peaceful Paths in Gainesville.
Warning signs of an abusive relationship include checking cell phones without permission, jealousy and belittling.
If you find yourself a victim of dating abuse or violence, resources are available, if you reach out to crisis centers or local law enforcement.