Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Help to raise awareness about teen dating violence and stop the abuse before it begins. This month we come together to through advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts.
It’s quite fitting to think of February as the ‘Month of Love’, but what most may not realize is that it is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. And as we enter February, we are reminded of the importance of establishing healthy relationships, especially with teens. Click below to read our “We Accept the Love We Think We Deserve: Stand to End Teen Dating Violence” article.
Teen Dating Violence is a pattern of behavior that includes physical, emotional, verbal, and/or sexual abuse used by one person in an intimate relationship to exert power and control over another and occurs with teens between the ages of 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship. Teen Dating Violence knows no boundaries and can impact anyone regardless of age, race, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, and/or sexual orientation.
Everyone can make a difference by reaching out to young people in simple ways. Here are a few steps you can take to raise awareness and help to establish healthy relationships as well as some resources.
love is respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources. love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. They also provide free support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers via phone, text, and live chat.