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.