February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner, but 3 out of 4 parents have never talked to their kids about dating violence. Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control. Violent words and actions are tools an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Educators, elected leaders, law enforcement officials, parents, students, teachers and anyone with an interest in helping teens stay safe in their relationships are encouraged to join the national awareness campaign, “Huddle Up for Healthy Relationships” this February for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). During the month participants are encouraged to write blogs based on different weekly themes, take Twitter polls, shoot videos, download the Parent Guide in English and Spanish and recognize Wear Orange for Love Day during Respect Week.
- Feb. 11-15: It's Respect Week! Check out loveisresect's toolkit for ideas on how to promote healthy relationships and raise awareness about teen dating violence.
- Feb. 12: Wear #orange4love and share on social with a statement that you take a stand against abuse and support healthy relationships.
Resources to learn more:
- Loveisrespect: a project of The National Domestic Violence Hotline that provides information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement on teen dating violence. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are also available around the clock.
- Break the Cycle: inspires and supports young people 12-24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.
- Teen Dating Violence: provides resources for youth, adults and communities interested in learning more about teen dating violence.
- National Resource Center for Domestic Violence: this site hosts a collection of resources dedicated to the prevention of teen dating violence.
- Love is Not Abuse: an app designed for parents that demonstrates the dangers of digital dating abuse and teen dating violence in general.
- Circle of 6: an app designed for college students to prevent sexual violence that is also valuable to teens and individuals seeking to foster healthy relationships and safety.
- MyPlan: this app helps determine if a friend or family member is in an unsafe intimate relationship and how to support them.
- Healthy Relationships PSA: this video features youth from the Muckleshoot tribe in coordination with We R Native.