February is Teen Violence Awareness Month, learn more at Darien/New Canaan hockey game Wednesday

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson; left, Sgt. Ali Hudyma of the Darien Police Department.; Katie Elders, Co-President of Respect Works; Rita Bailey, executive director of DDAC; Emma Cavoli, co-president of Respect Works; Susan Delaney, DDAC Secretary.

Respect Works will be at Darien Ice Rink Wednesday afternoon to provide community information for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The group will be there at 3:30 and throughout the Darien game against New Canaan at 4.

February 2019 has been proclaimed “Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month” by Darien First Selectman Jayme Stevenson. Stevenson urges citizens to work together to eliminate dating violence from our community. The Darien Domestic Abuse Council mentors Respect Works, a group of high school students made up of both males and females that meet monthly at The Depot Youth Center.

One in three adolescents in the United States is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner; only 33% of teens who are in an abusive relationship ever tell anyone about it.

The Darien Domestic Abuse Council, along with Respect Works feel the more people/teens they can educate on Domestic Abuse, hopefully more people will come forward. “Teens especially high school age do not realize that most of the times they are in relationship problems due to them being unaware what mental abuse can do to them” said Emma Cavoli, co-president of Respect Works.

Co-president Katie Elders was quick to add “Respect Works is very passionate about healthy relationships and promoting an end to teen dating violence.”