Hays County Commissioners Court Proclaims February as Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – At its Tuesday meeting the Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed February as Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
According to the proclamation, dating abuse is a significant health issue as one in three adolescents is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Victimization increases teens’ and young adults’ risk for injury, substance abuse, eating disorders, unwanted pregnancy, and suicide, and young people exposed to violence are at greater risk for becoming victims and perpetrators in adult relationships.
In 2016, the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center provided 132 dating violence prevention and healthy relationships presentations to 1,540 teens and young adults, The Center calls upon family, friends, teachers, coaches, healthcare providers, clergy, artists, musicians, and other important people in young peoples’ lives to influence youth in positive ways all year long,
For more information about dating violence awareness and prevention, contact the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center at 512-396-3404 or www.hcwc.org. The 24-hour HELPline is 512-396-HELP (4357). Out of the San Marcos
24-hour HELPline: (512) 396-HELP (4357). Out of the San Marcos-Lockhart-Kyle service area, call 1 (800) 700-HCWC (4292).
(Left to right) Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center Prevention Educator Kiara Nicholson, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant help to make Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention a priority in Hays County.