SafeStart to host Teen Dating Violence Awareness conference


safe startSafeStart is hosting the 2nd Annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference called Beyond All Limits, which will be held Monday, Feb. 15.

More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been abused by a partner in the last year. One of the most important things to do is keep the lines of communication open with our youth! says Olivia Osborne, WRCs SafeStart Specialist. The Teen Dating Violence Awareness Conference was created to bring awareness and education into our community.

The conference will be held at 9 a.m. at Gateway Technical College, Conference Center. Opening the conference, Miss Racine, Haley Schonter, her platform, ‘One Big City, One Big Family’, solely focuses on educating the community about domestic violence, which she was inspired to pursue after losing her step sister in the domestic violence- initiated 2012 Azana Spa Shooting. She currently volunteers with WRC and is a member of Connections for Abused Women and Children’s Junior Board in Chicago, IL.

The keynote speaker is Annika Leonard, community educator, organizer and youth advocate, from Milwaukee, WI.
Breakout sessions will include topics such as in their Shoes, teens and human trafficking, healthy LBGT relationships and more.

The conference is free however registration is required. To register go to For more information please contact Olivia Osborne by email at, by phone at (262)633-3274 or visit SafeStarts Facebook page at
For more information about Womens Resource Center, please call (262) 633-3274 or visit