February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, an effort to raise awareness about relationship abuse and promote programs that can help prevent it. It's important for both parents and teens to know the signs and how to take action if dating violence ever becomes a concern.
A restraining order, also called a protection or protective order, is a legally binding order issued by a judge that restrains a person's actions regarding another person. A domestic violence restraining order typically prohibits a person from contacting, attempting to contact, harassing, threatening or harming another person. Harm can refer to physical, emotional and psychological harm.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has compiled some eye-opening statistics about domestic violence in the United States. On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner, which equates to more than 10 million men and women each year. But even with these numbers, many Americans still don't know the whole truth about domestic violence.