February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month—Learn to Be Aware of Healthy, Unhealthy and Even Abusive Teen Dating Behavior

Stephanie Smith, Community Relations Director, Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women will be giving a 45-minute presentation on recognizing the red flags of teen dating behavior. Visit www.svabw.org to take their quiz “How Healthy Is Your Relationship”?

Read Stephanie Smith’s Letter to the Editor in the Waconia Patriot. See below.

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 

Time: 5:00pm-5:45pm

Location: Waconia High School, Room B107—Near Front Lobby

Free to the Public


Letter to the Editor, February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 

Published in the Waconia Patriot, February 2019. Submitted by Stephanie Smith, Community Relations Director, Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women

Dear Editor,

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Dating violence is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time and always involves emotional violence. Relationships exist on a spectrum and it can be hard to tell when a behavior crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or even abusive. Below is a list of red flags of an abusive partner:

  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness/Jealousy
  • Telling you what to do
  • Pressuring or forcing you into unwanted sexual relations

If you or someone you know is suffering from this violence, please call Southern Valley Alliance for Battered Women’s 24hr crisis line 952-873-4214. Visit www.svabw.org to take our quiz “How Healthy Is Your Relationship”? Like us on Facebook & Twitter!



National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00am – 2:00pm 

Waconia Drop Box 
Hours: 7 days a week, 24 hours a day

Waconia City Hall
201 Vine Street S
Waconia, MN 55387
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of unused or expired prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
The last Take Back Day brought in almost 1 million pounds of unused or expired prescription medication.  This is the largest amount collected since the program began in 2010.
This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since the fall of 2010 to 9,964,714 pounds, or 4,982 tons.
Last year, DFC coalitions reported some examples that resulted from their take back events that include:
  • “Collected over 75 pounds of medication in 4 hours and attracted over 600 community members.”
  •  “A take-back event, in collaboration with a new state Senator and the police department, collected 700 pounds of pharmaceuticals with 200 cars receiving fact cards highlighting safe medicine practices.”
  •  “Pharmaceutical take-back events at schools were held in September, collecting approximately 1,500 pounds. Event held in October collected 1,650 pounds.”