February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM).This is an issue that impacts everyone – not just teens – but their parents, teachers, friends and communities as well.Teen dating violence is all too common, and ends up leading to vicious and unhealthy cycles for years to come.
Abusive relationships can occur in person and/or electronically with current or former dating partners.
According to the CDC, violence is related to specific risk factors, including teens who: Teen dating violence is often the beginning of abusive relationships in adult life.
“Young people today have more opportunities to make decisions about their lives, and it places a lot of pressure on them early,” said Mc Bride.
“If we can help them to form healthy relationships at an earlier age in life, they will make better choices for life partners, and as a mom, I want to be part of that.” Mc Bride is the mother of three daughters.
And according to a study done by the Department of Justice, girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate-partner violence -- almost triple the national average.
"There is a misconception that if a relationship isn't serious, there can't be serious abuse - and that is just not the case," Escobar said.
Martina Mc Bride will be the spokesperson for the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline’s new program, called My Time to Shine.
She will promote the organization during her media appearances and will also show a public service announcement prior to her concerts.
"That excludes a huge amount of relationships - especially for young people," Cristina Escobar, a spokesperson for Break the Cycle, told Crimesider.