KENNEWICK, Wash.-- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and experts say teenagers are some of the most vulnerable to the violence.
It's usually because teenagers are just starting to learn how to date or be in a relationship. That's according to staff at Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin County.
They also say teens who may be exposed to domestic violence at home can be more vulnerable. Young women at any age can be at risk for dating violence.
But studies show teens between the ages of 16 and 24 are at a higher risk. Open discussions about what's acceptable in a relationship are essential to prevent any violence.
But experts say new technology could be doing the opposite.
"Using text messages, using cell phones, using the computer, it's really easy to keep track of your partner, harass your partner, to use technology to spread rumors, or to do things that will manipulate them to get what they want out of the relationship," said Erin Gailey, with Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin County.
On Saturday, October 25th there will be a teen dating violence symposium. It's at the Tri-Cities Prep-School in Pasco. It's happening from 9:00 a.m. to noon. It's free and open to the public.