Reach Out: Recognize Relationship Abuse Launch Event
4:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 30, WNED | WBFO studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, NY 14202.
One in three teenagers will experience some form of abuse in their dating relationships. And only a third of those will ever reach out for help. Because of this increased risk for teens and young adults to find themselves in an unhealthy relationships, it’s up to the adults in their lives to provide guidance and support.
WNED-TV and the Family Justice Center of Erie County are launching a long-term awareness project to address this issue called Reach Out: Recognize Relationship Abuse. It includes a website, a social media awareness campaign, educational videos and community outreach, as well as a 30-minute television production.
Join us on Tuesday October 30, at 4:30 pm, at WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo, New York for the launch of this significant project. You will preview a part of the television production, digital videos, and the project website, as well as hear from survivors and advocates.
One of the challenges in dealing with this issue is that when recognition of an unhealthy relationship occurs, the next steps are frequently unknown. In these situations it is imperative that we each know what to do and what to say. Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or a friend, starting the conversation is one of the hardest parts. Through this initiative, the goal is that no matter who you are, you will be able to take the necessary steps to intervene and help a teenager or young adult in an unhealthy situation.
The project largely focuses on helping adults who have teens in their lives. The resources will guide them through recognizing relationship abuse to explaining the do’s and don’ts of a conversation with a young person in need. It can be a tricky conversation to have – and Reach Out will help you get started. The website contains videos and additional information like warning signs to help identify whether a relationship could be abusive. The website also includes contacts for experts who can help and who can provide training and support to adults who want to learn more.
The 30-minute television program provides the wider community with critical information to understand relationship abuse no matter the age. It builds upon the online awareness campaign and shines a spotlight on the work the Family Justice Center does and how they can help someone in trouble. It stresses the warning signs and dives more deeply into having the conversation with someone in a harmful situation. It’s a program everyone needs to watch.