Group seeks to end teen dating violence

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Lawmakers and victims’ rights experts met today at the Center for Safety and Change in New City to bring awareness to just how widespread a problem teen dating violence is.

According to national statistics, 1.5 million high school students are physically abused by a dating partner every year. And 1 in 3 teens is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse by a dating partner.

But lawmakers and local experts say teen dating violence is preventable. Today, they announced a new program called “Somos Uno,” which means “We are One” in Spanish. The program will offer a drop-in center and support groups to all teens in Rockland who need or want help. “The more awareness that we promote and the more visibility that we have in the county, the more prone people will be to come forth and actually talk about what's happening,” says Elizabeth Santiago, of the Center for Safety and Change.

The center also offers a 24-hour hotline that anyone of any age can call if they feel they are a victim of any crime, including dating violence. 

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