SOMERVILLE, NJ – If you know a teenager who may be a victim of dating abuse, there are people and resources available to help.  Freeholder Brian D. Levine invites parents, guardians and professionals who work with youth and families to the next Somerset County Office of Youth Services’ workshop, titled “Teen Dating Violence,” on Friday, Feb. 28.

The free workshop will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the first floor conference room at the Somerset County Human Services Building, located at 27 Warren Street. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring their own coffee and snacks. Free parking is available in the adjacent parking deck, third level or higher. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Zufall Health presenters will include Aditi Mahapatra, Sexual Assault Support Services Prevention & Outreach Coordinator, and Mariana Suarez Al-Adam, Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate Coordinator. 

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Participants will learn about teen dating violence, its prevalence, current trends and how it manifests. They also will be able to identify unhealthy adolescent relationships, begin a conversation with a teenager and make them aware of available resources.

To register, contact Gretchen Craig at gcraig@co.somerset.nj.us or 908-704-6333. Professional development credits will be made available.

This program is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county Youth Services Commission and Zufall Health. 

For more information, contact Cindy Britt at britt@co.somerset.nj.us or 908-704-6352.