It's important to educate tweens and teens about this issue before it becomes a problem in their own life.

Here are a few facts: --One in four adolescents reports verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual abuse each year.

Assistance via online chat services is available four p.m. National Domestic Violence Hotline 800‐799‐SAFE (7233) 800‐787‐3224 TTY The National Domestic Violence Hotline, operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, offers services in more than 170 languages. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) 800‐656‐HOPE (4673) The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network offers assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The hotline provides crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U. Callers are automatically directed to on‐duty volunteers to answer questions and provide support and local resources.

--One in five adolescents reports being a victim of emotional abuse each year.

--One in five high school students has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner --Dating violence among their peers is reported by 54% of high school students --One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been physically hurt by his or her partner through violent actions which included hitting, punching, kicking, slapping, and/or choking.

Through these efforts educators, parents, and students regularly engage in trainings with law enforcement, social services, and community-based organizations.

These interactions provide the foundation for creating solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing youth violence, substance abuse, internet safety, and bullying.

The AAFV is the first and only agency in Leavenworth County that provides direct services to the victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

We provide multiple programs to better serve victims.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors.