Dating violence awareness
In fact, 1 in 3 teens experience physical, emotional, or sexual abuse by a dating partner.
Furthermore, girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence nationwide, almost triple the national average. Check out the official Respect Week Toolkit or join the Love Is Not Abuse Coalition!
As they’re grappling with constant messages from ever-evolving technology, figuring out what’s healthy and not healthy can be overwhelming for young people.
We think it’s important to provide them with guidance and resources that help them make healthy choices and build safe, respectful relationships.
And if your teen is experiencing abuse, it’s important to know how to help.
During February, follow loveisrespect, our project with Break the Cycle, for information about how to get involved during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month).
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) brings national focus to the issue of teen dating violence, highlights the need to educate our youth about healthy relationships, raises awareness among those who care for them and provides communities with a critical opportunity to work together to prevent this devastating cycle of abuse." Their website is a great resource to find information, fact sheets and monthly campaign materials.
Another great resource, the Teen dating bill of rights can be found at These sites contain information that can help support your advocacy efforts when working directly with teens.
Nallely Castro Montoya, youth initiatives specialist and Lois Gutierrez, youth family advocate, will speak with Rosario de la Torre, community advocacy and partnerships manager and Ivette Izea Martinez, community engagement manager, about successes and challenges they've faced when talking to their children about these important topics.FYSB’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is proud to support the many events hosted by our grantees and partners this year by presenting public awareness campaigns, webinars, social media events, and radio shows that highlight healthy relationships.Learn more about ongoing national events throughout the month.Dating abuse has long-term repercussions too, from higher risk of teen pregnancy and STDs to depression, eating disorders, and future domestic abuse. Talking about healthy relationships and dating abuse can help break the cycle of violence and stop abuse before it begins. In any relationship, you have a right to: If you’re concerned that your rights or the rights of someone you care about are not being respected, call the WCA Hotline 208.343.7025 or contact the National Dating Abuse Helpline (call 1.866.331.9474 or text “loveis” to 22522).Each February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month highlights these issues through a number of events and programs across the country.