At Genesis, we’re committed to creating a societal shift on how people think about violence against women and girls. We recognize the importance of educating teenagers about healthy relationships, particularly during a time in their lives when they may not be eager to discuss uncomfortable topics with their parents or teachers. One in three girls between the ages of 16 and 24 will experience physical, emotional, digital or verbal abuse from a dating partner.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the first step in stopping dating violence is learning about it. Abusers seek to control their partners by using methods like name-calling, showing extreme jealousy, or trying to control where their partner goes or who they talk to. Abusive partners also often check their partners’ social media without their permission or call and text them excessively. Because of the common feelings of isolation that occur, only one-third of teens in abusive relationships will ever tell anyone what has happened.

If you’re a teen looking to get involved in the conversation at your school, please consider applying for Students Tackle Abusive Relations (STAR). STAR was founded to give teens in Dallas a chance to come together in support of the Genesis mission. We believe that the younger we are when we become involved in bettering the world around, the more opportunities we have to lead a fulfilling and positive life. STAR gives students the chance to teach others around them the importance of domestic violence awareness, particularly surrounding teen dating violence.

While the statistics are staggering, there is support and resources available to teens, parents and teachers. Please visit our website, and for more resources on Teen Dating Violence, visit