Hartford – State Rep. William A. Petit, Jr., (R-22) partnered with Interval House to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at a recent press conference held at the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Rep. Petit said, “It’s very fitting that we gathered on Valentine’s Day for the event to raise awareness about teen dating violence awareness. What better day to say, ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’.”
Petit is a member of Interval House’s Men Make a Difference, Men Against Domestic Violence, a group of prominent Connecticut men dedicated to raising awareness and speaking out against domestic violence. The group has raised thousands of dollars and distributed educational and training materials for the cause against domestic violence, and spoken to thousands of area residents, mostly boys and young men.
Petit, along with fellow group members, gathered on Valentine’s Day to recommit themselves to the cause and share their message that there’s never an excuse for violence and abuse in an intimate partner relationship.
“Since 2009, this men’s group has been on the forefront of standing with women and children in the cause against violence and abuse. We know that if we are to make a difference, we have to continue to break the insidious cycle of domestic violence and abuse, we must educate our children, and the whole community that love should never hurt, and that no one has the right to abuse another, added Rep. Petit.”
According to the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), many youngsters start ‘dating’ before they are in their teen years. Petit stated that with 1 in 4 teens reporting that they are victims of verbal, physical, emotional and sexual abuse each year, it is imperative that we educate them about healthy relationships at home and elsewhere.
Interval House has helped more than 230,000 victims of domestic violence. The agency provides services to 24 cities and towns in the Greater Hartford region which include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency safe house, and counseling for victims and advocates.
For more information, visit www.intervalhousect.org.