Each year, approximately 1.5 million high school students, or one in three students nationwide, will experience dating abuse from a partner in their lifetime. It is also known that three in four parents have never talked with their children about domestic violence.

In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices and encourage communities to get involved.

There are many resources available to provide information and support to victims and assist service providers and communities to decrease dating violence among young people. Anyone can make this happen by raising awareness about the issue, saying something about abuse when it’s seen and organizing the community to make a difference.

ALIVE — Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments — provides presentations in all of the high schools in Franklin County to share resources with students. ALIVE also provides counseling to students who have experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse and all of their services are free.

ALIVE is asking everyone, especially students and staff at our area high schools, to get involved and help promote healthy relationships for all young people this February by making Wear Orange for Love Day a special event at their schools.

So rather than traditional red, people who want to support raising awareness of teen dating violence can wear orange Feb. 14.

This is a national campaign started by young people at loveisrespect.org and carried on by antiviolence organizations across the country on the second Tuesday of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

For more information, people should contact Cathy Covington at ALIVE, 636-583-9863, or visit www.breakthecycle.org/teendvmonth.