Teens also may need help getting away from a dangerous relationship, and there are people who can help them do so safely, like local police, health care professionals, or domestic teen violence prevention centers.
Too often women and children are intimidated by the process and don't follow through, leaving them at risk.
AVOs can be an effective way to protect yourself and your family.
The CDC defines teen dating violence as "physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence within a dating relationship, including stalking" . almost 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a partner every year?
Preventing teen dating violence starts with awareness. Or that out of every three young people, one has been a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from someone they are dating?
The Central Coast Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service Inc (CCDVCAS) is a FREE service which helps women and children obtain legal protection from domestic violence.
CCDVCAS operates in conjunction with the three courts on the Central Coast: Gosford, Woy Woy, Wyong.
Most tragically, every year there are young people who are murdered by a current or former partner.
 The following resources can help promote knowledge about teen dating violence, facilitate effective intervention and prevention, and give guidance on seeking or providing help. Dating Abuse Statistics This fact sheet from Loveisrespect details statistics about young adult dating violence, including prevalence of dating violence among youth as well as college students, lasting effects, and lack of awareness among peers and parents.
Teaching Young People about Consent (PDF) In this article from ACT for Youth, Elizabeth Schroeder discusses the need to talk about consent with youth "early and often," and offers tips for educating children and youth on the topic.