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DOVES offers relationship advice to teens in the classroom

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February is National Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month.

DOVES educators are speaking to students in middle school through college offering healthy relationship advice and answering questions they may have.

Educator with the DOVES program, Lisa Peden visited an eighth grade 'Family Matters' class at Bluffs Middle School last week.

She presented information on how to identify warning signs if people may be in a violent relationship.

Peden says more and more people, not just teens, are using social media as a tool to take control of a relationship.

She says in some cases, a partner may use Facebook or text messages to isolate their partner from his or her friends.

Another frequently asked question Peden receives is can DOVES help guys and can men be victims of dating violence.

"One of the questions they ask me was you know, do you guys serve guys, is this something that affects guys. And that was a great opportunity for me to talk about dating violence affecting men and women and that it's an issue that's really important." Said Peden.

Statistics show 1.5 million people each year experience emotional, sexual, intellectual violence during a relationship not just physical.

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