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Nonprofits host Temple Hills teen dating violence awareness event

The National Capital Area branch of the United Way and Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Dreams Work, Inc. will host a teen dating violence awareness event from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Community of Hope A.M.E. Church at Iverson Mall in Temple Hills. The event will feature a series of short plays.

The event, titled “Uncomfortable Conversations,” is the latest in the pair of organizations’ efforts to raise awareness about domestic violence among teens. Organizers said the event, which targets middle and high school students, will feature four short plays, featuring acting and dialogue developed primarily by teens, focusing on different interactions in an abusive relationship. Panel and small group discussions will follow.

Daniel Bradley, co-founder and CEO of Dreams Work, Inc., said his group wanted the event to be a “starting point” for teens to be able to talk about dating violence.

“Domestic violence is something we generally don’t talk about, and with teens, it’s even more so [taboo],” Bradley said. “...We were hearing [in our other programs] that girls thought it was good that guys were rough with them, that that’s how you know they’re masculine. So this we hope to make it easier to talk about.”

For more information or to register for the event, go to www.unitedwaynca.org/conversations.