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February is Relationship Month

When marriage works, it makes people happier, live longer, and build more economic security. Children with married parents perform better in school. Click here for new research on “Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from Social Science.”

This year, February 7th to 14th marks National Marriage Week, USA. This is a collaborative effort to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children. http://www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org/

Northwest Family Services received a three-year grant from the Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance supporting healthy marriages and relationships. The focus of the grant is to improve family stability and child well-being. Through this project NWFS will offer healthy relationship, parenting, and money management classes as well as work with individuals on job readiness and placement services. This grant allows NWFS to provide skills and resources for almost 20,000 people over this 3-year project.

“A strong and stable family is the greatest advantage any child can have,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These grants support programs that promote responsible parenting, encourage healthy relationships and marriage, and help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability.” To learn more about these programs and services check out www.nwfs.org or www.lastingrelationships.org.

February is Dating Violence Prevention month.

Sadly, not all relationships are positive. One in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. Let’s make this February a time to end that cycle of abuse.

Source: The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf

If you know of a teen or parent that could benefit from speaking to a carrying, well-trained peer advocate, please connect them with the National Dating Abuse Helpline, a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-866-331-9474 (TTY: 1-866-331-8453) or by texting “loveis” to 77054, or through live chat at loveisrespect.org.

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