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Prevent dating violence in brief

Unhealthy relationships can LEARN MORE Podiatrist visits
start in teen years and create
a negative effect through life CDC’s Dating Matters: Strategies to Podiatrist Deborah Behre will be
Promote Healthy Teen Relationships: at the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
Dating violence occurs between two violenceprevention/datingmatters from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 24, Oct. 11,
people in a close relationship. The nature of Dating Abuse Helpline and Love is Respect: Nov. 15 and Dec. 13.
dating violence can be physical, emotional or 866-331-9474 or text 77054 or
sexual. Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 For an appointment, call 360-273-
Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673 5504 and ask to speak to Outreach
n Physical: When a partner is pinched, Sexual Violence: Specialist Gloria Jones, Diabetes
hit, shoved, slapped, punched or kicked. Educator Pat Odiorne or Diabetes
symptoms Nurse Sandra Dickenson.
n Psychological/emotional: Threatening n Aggression toward peers and other
a partner or harming his or her sense of self- USDA Food Program
worth (examples are name calling, shaming, aggressive behavior
bullying, embarrassing on purpose). n Substance use If you’d like to sign up for the USDA
n Early sexual activity and having Food Program, call the South Puget
n Sexual: Forcing a partner to engage in Intertribal Planning Agency Food
a sex act when he or she does not or cannot multiple sexual partners Distribution Warehouse at 360-438-
consent. This can be physical or nonphysical, n Having a friend involved in dating 4216 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday
such as threatening to spread rumors if a through Friday. Our staff will assist you
partner refuses to have sex. violence in applying for the program. The next
n Conflict with partner distribution date is Aug. 25. Pick-up
n Stalking: A pattern of harassing or n Experiencing violence in the home is at the Chehalis Tribal Community
threatening tactics that are unwanted and How can we prevent dating violence? Center from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
cause fear in the victim. During the preteen and teen years, young
Womens’ wellness
Unhealthy relationships can start early people are learning skills they need to form
and last a lifetime. Teens often think some positive relationships with others. This is an Women can schedule their annual
behaviors, such as teasing and name calling, ideal time to promote healthy relationships exams for Sept. 15 and Oct. 27 at the
are a normal part of a relationship. However, and prevent patterns of dating violence that Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center. Clinic
these behaviors can become abusive and can last into adulthood. providers will handle Women Health
develop into more serious forms of violence. Exams only from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Some effective school-based programs Assured Imaging also will perform
Why is dating violence a public health change norms, improve problem-solving mammograms from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
problem? skills and address dating violence in
addition to other youth risk behaviors, such To schedule your women’s annual
Dating violence is a widespread issue as substance use and sexual risk behaviors. exam and/or mammogram, please call
that has serious long-term and short-term Other programs prevent dating violence the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
effects. Many teens do not report it because through changes to the school environment at 360-273-5504 or call Community
they are afraid to tell friends and family. or training influential adults such as Wellness Manager Christina Hicks at
parents/caregivers and coaches to work with 360-709-1741.
n Among high school students who youth to prevent dating violence.
dated, 21 percent of females and 10 percent Diabetes clinics
of males experienced physical and/or sexual
dating violence. The Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center
will hold diabetes wellness clinics from
n Among adult victims of rape, physical 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.
violence, and/or stalking by an intimate We will have healthy snacks, diabetes
partner, 22 percent of women and 15 percent information and a meter exchange.
of men first experienced some form of
partner violence between ages 11-17. Patients will have labs done; get
vitals taken; see a health care provider
How does dating violence affect health? and the registered dietician; and renew
Dating violence can have a negative dilated diabetes eye exams, foot exams,
effect on health throughout life. Youth who dental exams, immunizations and
are victims are more likely to experience medications.
symptoms of depression and anxiety,
engage in unhealthy behaviors such as If you are diabetic and have not been
using tobacco, drugs and alcohol or exhibit seen for your care, we want to see you.
antisocial behaviors and think about
suicide. Youth who are victims of dating To schedule an appointment, call
violence in high school are at higher risk for Pat Odiorne at 360-709-1884 or the
victimization during college. clinic front desk at 360-273-5504.
Who is at risk for dating violence?
Factors that increase risk for harming a
dating partner include the following:
n Belief that dating violence is acceptable
n Depression, anxiety, other trauma
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