Reach Out: Recognize Relationship Abuse

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.

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Relationship Violence: Ages 16-24 are victims 3 times the national average
WNED | WBFO is conveniently located in downtown Buffalo at 140 Lower Terrace, near the I-190. The entrance to our parking lot is on Charles Street.
Relationship abuse destroys families, young adults and children throughout our community, in every neighborhood and at every socio-economic level. As a result, the Reach Out initiative is built on the premise that all of us need to know the warning signs and how to have the conversation with teenagers or young adults we believe may be victims of relationship abuse. The goal of Reach Out is to equip people with the tools required to get the teenager or young adult the help they need.

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.

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REACH OUT premieres on WNED-TV at 10pm Wednesday, October 24, and runs again at 10:30pm Monday, October 29.

A Production of WNED | WBFO in partnership with the Family Justice Center of Erie County
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