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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Educators at Quanada, a Quincy non-profit supporting victims of relationship violence, said many teenagers don't realize that certain behaviors can be considered abusive. These behaviors include jealousy and possessiveness, excessive texting, and isolating a partner away from other friends. 

Quanada Violence Prevention Educator JJ Magliocco said that without prevention and education, victims will likely end up in a cycle of unhealthy relationships. 

"It's a situation where that person wants to take power over you and they're trying to mold you into what they want," said Magliocco. 

Parents can also play a role by being more open about relationships with their kids and learning more about their child's partners. 

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