“A Better Way” Addresses Teen Dating Violence

Mayor Pro-Tem Rudy Cabriales and Hailey Phelan, 1st Place Winner.

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)–February was National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.   To bring awareness to this issue and educate our youth “A Better Way” sponsored a “Creative Messaging Poster Contest.”   The winners are:

1st Place:          Hailey Phelan                          Grade 10                      Oak Hills High School

2nd Place:         Adrienne Countryman             Grade 9                                    Encore High School

3rd Place:          Courtney Levandoski              Grade 12                      Encore High School

The winners received cash prizes of $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place.  All of the entries are currently on display through the end of March at Victorville City Hall.  The winners were also presented special certificates during recent Victorville and Adelanto’s City Council meeting.

“As the statistics of violent behavior in teen relationships rise, this is an issue that we cannot overlook,” says Anita Gomez, “A Better Way” Youth Advocate and Case Manager.   One of five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.  Young women, ages 16-24, experience the highest rates of relationship violence.  We want to empower our youth to become advocates.  Relationship Violence is a crime, we want to be very clear about that.

For more information on domestic violence and teen dating violence call, (760) 955-8010 or visit us online: abetterwaydomesticviolence.org

, Mayor Pro-Tem Rudy Cabriales and Adrienne Countryman, 2nd Place Winner.

Mayor Pro-Tem Rudy Cabriales and Courtney Levandoski, 3rd Place Winner.

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