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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Supports Teens In Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture Without Abuse

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic Supports Teens In Building Healthy Relationships and Creating a Culture Without Abuse

Three-in-four parents have never talked to their children about domestic or dating violence.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do as a parent to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

About 1-in-10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically, sexually, emotionally or verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. One of the most important things you can do is keep the lines of communication open with your kids.

Take steps to make a difference:

  • Be a role model – treat your kids and others with respect.
  • Start talking to your kids about healthy relationships early – before they start dating.
  • Get involved with efforts to prevent dating violence at your teen’s school.
  • If you are worried about your teen, call the National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.

“Conversations about healthy relationships and teen dating violence and abuse need to happen early, before teens are experiencing it,” Robyn Sunday-Allen said, CEO of OKCIC. “Although there aren’t many current studies that identify the rate of dating violence in Native communities, we do know that Native women in the United States experience some of the highest rates of sexual assault in the country. Because of this, OKCIC offers a variety of cultural activities and after-school educational events to prevent domestic violence and promote healthy relationships for American Indians in central Oklahoma.”

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic offers a monthly Clinic Culture Night. This is a relaxed evening together where people enjoy learning to create a Native American craft, and listen to a speaker talk about domestic violence and how it can be prevented. The next Clinic Culture Night will be on March 21, 2018.   

For more information about OKCIC’s domestic violence prevention program or to register for a Clinic Culture Night class, please contact (405) 948-4900 ext. 604.

About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from more than 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please visit www.okcic.com.

About Break The Cycle

Break the Cycle is the leading national nonprofit organization working exclusively on preventing teen dating abuse and promoting healthy relationships. BTC works with youth, educators, law enforcement, government officials and community leaders nationwide to prevent and end dating abuse by providing innovative activities in Youth Leadership & Engagement, Technical Assistance & Training and Policy & Legal Services. For more information, visit www.breakthecycle.org.