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Westport Forum Shines Light On Teen Relationship Violence

The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force will host "Healthy Teen Relationships later this month.
The Westport Domestic Violence Task Force will host "Healthy Teen Relationships later this month. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. — A staggering 10 percent of high school students have been physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend, according to the Futures Without Violence website.

One in three teens reports knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped or physically hurt by a partner.

Faced with these stark statistics, Westport’s Domestic Violence Task Force will host “Healthy Teen Relationships,” an evening presentation aimed at stemming the tide of domestic abuse.

“Helping our young people understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships is paramount to preventing intimate partner violence, both now and in the future,” said Rachelle Kucera Mehra, executive director of the Stamford-based Domestic Violence Crisis Center, which serves Stamford, Norwalk, Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton and Weston.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. April 24 at Westport Library.

The evening will feature a series of short films from the One Love Foundation and expert panelists to provide information and practical advice for young people and their parents.

Panelists include Police Lt. Jillian Cabana, DVCC Advocate Nicole Dodge and DVCC Attorney Advocate Allison Roach.

To learn more about the task force, contact Cabana at 203-341-6009 or jcabana@westportct.gov.

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