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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Domestic Violence Lecture Focuses on Teen Relationships

Westport’s Domestic Violence Task Force has scheduled a “Healthy Teen Relationships” presentation for Monday, April 24, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westport Library, the town’s Human Services Department announced today.

Using a series of short films from the One Love Foundation, panelists will cover nuances of teen dating relationships and provide practical advice that every young person should hear before embarking on a dating relationship, organizers said. 

They said that one in three girls and one in four boys will experience relationship violence in their lifetime, making the discussion “all the more critical as intimate partner violence permeates our culture.”

Elaine Daignault, Human Services director, said in 2015, Westport Police responded to 91 domestic violence-related calls. She cited statistics that show 10 percent of high school students have been hurt physically by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

“Helping our young people understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships is paramount to preventing intimate partner violence, both now and in the future,” said Rachelle Kucera Mehra, executive director of the region’s Domestic Violence Crisis Center, (DVCC)  which serves this area.

Panelists scheduled to participate in the April 24 event include the Police Department’s Lt. Jillian Cabana, DVCC Advocate Nicole Dodge, and Allison Roach, DVCC attorney advocate.

For further information about the event or related questions contact Cabana at (203)341-6009 or email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

For more information about the DVCC,  contact Kathy Lake at (203)588-9100.

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