February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Did you know?
Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner
3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence
What is teen dating violence?
Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners. It can occur in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, or digital abuse. Teen dating violence occurs across diverse groups and cultures. Although the dynamics of teen dating violence are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of teen dating violence, as wlel as the challenges in seeking and providing services, make the problem of teen dating violence unique.
Signs of teen dating violence
Excessive jealousy or insecurity
Invasions of your privacy
Unexpected bouts of anger or rage
Pressuring a partner into unwanted sexual activity
Blaming you for problems in the relationship and not taking any responsibility for the same
Preventing you from going out with or talking with other people
Constantly monitoring your whereabouts and checking in to see what you are doing and who you are with
Falsely accusing you of things
Vandalizing or ruining your personal property
Taunting or bullying
Threatening or causing physical violence
What can you do to help?
If you are a parent, talk to your teens about the warning signs of teen dating violence and encourage them to seek help if they experience this type of violence.
If you are a young person and have experienced teen dating violence or know someone who has, please tell a trusted adult or contact law enforcement to report this abuse.
For more information please visit:
Teen Dating Violence at www.teendvmonth.org
National Resource Center on Domestic Violence at www.nrcdv.org/dvam/tdvam
Welcome to the Family Division
Welcome to the 48th Circuit Court Family Division. The Family Division of the Circuit Court (Family Court) was created by Public Act 388 of 1996 (MCL 600.1001), which transferred jurisdiction over matters involving juveniles from the Probate Court to the Circuit Court. The Family Court operates under the cooperation of both probate and circuit judges. Family Court jurisdiction is granted pursuant to MCL 712A.2 over proceedings involving juvenile delinquency and child protection. In Allegan County, the presiding judge of the Family Court is the Honorable Michael L. Buck.
The Family Court is located on the lower level of the Allegan County Courthouse, 113 Chestnut St., Allegan, Michigan 49010. For directions to the Family Court, please click here.
The Family Court is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may contact the Family Court Clerk's Office by telephone at (269) 673-0534 or by fax at (269) 673-0466.
The Court will be closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day
New Year's Eve