Verizon donates to help end teen dating violence in WI

Posted, Tuesday August 19, 2014 --- 5:09p.m.

It's a problem affecting 1.5 million high schoolers each year, teen dating violence.

Tuesday, Verizon Wireless donated $30,000 to help stop it.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin was the lucky recipient of that money.

They say 81% of parents don't believe it's an issue with their teens but actually 1 in 3 adolescents are affected by dating violence.

The money Verizon donated is all from collecting old phones that goes back into the community.

The organization says the money will go towards building a teen texting help line and pushing for legislation that would require teens to be educated on healthy relationships.

"If we can teach young people to value non violence and promote healthy relationships, we can prevent teen dating violence today from being domestic violence victims in the future and that's our goal."

Attorney general J.B. Van Hollen was at the check presentation in Madison to show the state's support for ending teen dating violence.

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