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2015 Keeping Women and Families Safe

Turning Point joined the North Carolina Council for Women and the First lady Ann McCrory in raising awareness of the work being done across the state related to domestic and sexual violence. This ornament represents our agency and was hung on the Christmas tree in the Governor’s Executive Mansion.


Teen Dating Violence

by Paula Patton

Think of how many teenagers you saw or had contact with last week. The neighborhood middle and high schoolers at the bus stop. The kids hanging out at the coffee shop…..the girl who rang up your groceries…your own kids.

Now, think of one out of every three of them as a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. That’s the statistic for U.S. adolescent dating violence according to the website, a partnership between Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline. And the unhealthy, abusive relationship patterns that start in adolescence can last into adulthood. The Centers for Disease Control found that about 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey).

Turning Point is a local organization committed to providing victims of domestic violence and their dependent children with safe shelter while they learn how to break free from their abuser. Turning Point’s Executive Director, Naomi Herndon says, “Teen dating violence is rampant. Raising awareness and early intervention will help break the cycle of domestic abuse”.

Working together in our communities, we can take steps to help prevent teen dating violence. You can work with community organizations and your social networks to raise awareness. You can also talk with teens about developing healthy dating relationships before they start dating.

For help or more information call Turning Point
704.283.7233 – 24 Hour Hotline
704.283.9150 – Office