Monthly Archives: February 2015

Teen Dating Violence

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In a recent national survey, 1 in 10 teens reported being hit or physically hurt on purpose by a boyfriend or girlfriend at least once in the 12 months prior to the survey. Nearly half of all teens in relationships say they know friends who have been verbally abused.

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship. However, these behaviors can become abusive and develop into more serious forms of violence. That is why adults need to talk to teens now about the importance of developing healthy, respectful relationships.

What are the consequences of dating violence? As teens develop emotionally, they are heavily influenced by experiences in their relationships. Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on a teen’s emotional development. Unhealthy, abusive, or violent relationships can have severe consequences with negative short–term and long–term effects on a developing teen. Youth who experience dating violence are more likely to experience the following:

  • Symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Engagement in unhealthy behaviors, such as using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol
  • Involvement in antisocial behaviors
  • Thoughts about suicide

Additionally, youth who are victims of dating violence in high school are at higher risk for victimization during college.

Abusive relationships have good times and bad times. Part of what makes dating violence so confusing and painful is that there is love mixed with the abuse. This can make it hard to tell if you are really being abused.

Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies. If you think you may in an abusive relationship, please call the Riverview Center hotline at 888-557-0310 (Sexual Assault Hotline) or 815-777-3680 (Domestic Violence Hotline). For any additional information, contact our local Riverview Center office at 815-244-7704.

Valentine’s Day Reception

happy-valentines-dayWill you be our Valentine? Please join us for our 3rd Annual Valentine’s Day Celebration. We will be serving up sweets, treats, and an afternoon full of fun socializing with all of your fellow residents.

Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Mest Manor Community Room & Lobby

Please R.S.V.P. to the CCHA office (815-273-7081) by Monday, February 9, 2015.

February’s Happenings





Annual Lease Re-Examinations

All Tenants

Throughout the month of February. If you have not already done so, please call the office soon as possible to schedule an appointment.


Mest Manor

February 2nd & 16th @ 1:00 pm

Valentine’s Day Reception

Mest Manor

February 13th @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Board Game & Card Club

Mest Manor

February 14th @ 6:30 pm

Office Closure

Mest Manor

February 16th – Presidents’ Day

Board Meeting

Mest Manor

February 17th @ 2:00 pm

Tenant Potluck

Mest Manor

February 24th @ 5:00 pm