BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — All too many teenagers find themselves in unhealthy, even violent relationships.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. With Valentine's Day around the corner, Faces of Hope in Boise wants to remind people that love shouldn't hurt.
A spokesperson says nationally, one in five teenagers ages 13 to 18 will be victims of dating violence.
Paige Dinger, Faces of Hope executive director says often teenagers new to dating miss red flags in their relationships.
This could include your partner controlling who you are friends with, your partner stalking you or showing up unannounced, and your partner tracking you or texting you excessively.
Faces of Hope offers various resources to teenagers suffering from abuse including medical care, forensic examinations, crisis counseling, support groups, and even 'Hopes Closet' which offers people the chance to pick out some clothes.
"If you are in a relationship that isn't safe, find somebody that you can trust to talk to them. We aren't going to force you to come to Faces of Hope, we definitely are going to help but go to somebody you trust and talk to them," Dinger said.
Dinger says whether you are interested in the teen support group or other counseling services, everything at Faces to Hope is free of charge.
Faces of Hope has a support group for teenage girls who have experienced sexual violence.
The group meets bi-monthly on Wednesdays at the Discovery Center of Idaho. To find out more information click HERE or call (208)-577-4400.