Staff are located in the central agency offices on the on the island of Oahu, Hawai’i. Teen Alert assists teen survivors of dating violence and their families with crisis counseling, resources and legal advocacy. In addition, staff visit intermediate and high schools as well as youth serving organizations across the state to provide teens with education about healthy relationships and dating violence.
In working with teens, we have found that by the time Hawai’i students reach their senior year in high school, half of them will know someone who has been in an abusive relationship. Thus, the mission of the Teen Alert Program is to nurture the voices of youth in our island communities and to spread the message that it takes both love and courage to end the abuse.
” Abuse in a dating relationship can be confusing and frightening at any age. But for teenagers, who are just beginning to date and develop romantic relationships, this abuse can be especially difficult. Therefore, when offering help to a teenage victim, it is important that they view you as an ally, someone they can trust and turn to when seeking support. Although there will be feelings of frustration if the teen chooses to stay with his/her abusive partner, remember to remain understanding and sympathetic of their situation, as you may be the one person they still trust.”
Contact them at (808) 531-3771