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Maryvale hosts teen dating violence town hall


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  • Craig Pletenik/Phoenix Union High School District

As part of the City of Phoenix’ Paint Phoenix Purple Domestic Violence campaign and to kick off National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week,  Maryvale High School will host a Youth Town Hall on the impact of teen dating violence at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4 at  3415 N. 59th Ave.   

The town hall will bring awareness to abusive relationships that impact adolescent development and may cause long-term negative behavioral and health consequences. 

Members of the city’s Domestic Violence Youth Education Taskforce will present a video (on the creation of Kaity’s Law, enabling youth to get a restraining order,) statistics, “stand up” activities, resources and services provided, and students will participate in action planning.  The town hall will conclude with a call to action.

Violent relationships can carry dangerous patterns into future relationships.  One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and one in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.  

For more information, please contact Craig Pletenik, PUHSD Community Relations, (602) 764-1530 or  Cyndi Tercero, PUHSD Dropout Prevention Programs (602) 764-1304.