Promise Places reaches out to teens

Wed, 12/05/2007 - 10:51am
By: The Citizen

Promise Places reaches out to teens

For 12 years Promise Place, the Council on Domestic Violence serving Fayette, Pike, Upson and Spalding counties, has been reaching Fayette County teens before they start dating through their Teen Dating Violence program.

Trained volunteers go into the ninth grade classrooms and teach the students about healthy relationships, the red flags of an abusive relationship and who to call if they need help or have questions.

Statistics show that nearly one in every three women report being physically or sexually abused at some point in their lives, that one in five female high school students report being sexually or physically abused by a boyfriend, that between three and 10 million children witness some form of domestic abuse annually, and that children growing up in violent homes are more likely to be batterers when they get older and are more likely to commit a crime.

In addition to the Teen Dating Violence program, Promise Place provides food, clothing, transportation, help through the legal system and emergency shelter to victims of domestic abuse at no cost to the victim. To find out more about Promise Place, the Teen Dating Violence Program, to volunteer or make a donation, call Promise Place at 770-460-1604 or visit them online at

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