TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
During February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Months provides an opportunity for prevention and healing for teen victims of violent relationships.
According to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, approximately 1.5 million high school students in the United States experience physical abuse from a dating partner. One-quarter of parents don’t talk to their teens about domestic violence.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month encourages parents and adolescents to take an inventory of their relationships. Abuse includes physical, psychological, or sexual abuse. Visit youth.gov and loveisrespect.org, for conversation starters and resources.
NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HELPLINE
If you or someone you know has been the victim of dating violence, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Dating Abuse Helpline. Click here.
HOW TO OBSERVE #TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth
Break the cycle. Start the conversation. Use #TeenDatingViolenceAwarenessMonth, #TeenDVMonth and #LoveIsRespect to share on social media. You can make a difference! Do your part by encouraging schools, parents, teens, and community-based organizations to prevent this kind of violence. If you are a parent, talk to your kids about the dangers of teen dating violence. Teach your children that love is respect, and if someone tries to hurt them in any way, how to stand up for themselves and safely exit the situation they’re in.
The month also offers opportunities for:
- Attending online webinars
- Inviting speakers to schools
- Organizing awareness events
- Reading books like:
- What Does Consent Really Meal? by Pete Wallis and Joseph Wilkins
- The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
- History of Violence by Édouard Louis
If you are a teacher or feel comfortable mentioning this to a teacher you know, encourage schools to hold classroom discussions talking about how to prevent dating violence. Make sure your children are mature enough to date and prepared to get themselves out of a dangerous situation in case one presents itself.
TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH HISTORY
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week was declared to be the first week in February in 2006. Congress declared the entire month of February to be National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month four years later in 2010.