More than 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.
You can make a difference: Encourage schools, community-based organizations, parents, and teens to come together to prevent teen dating violence.
How can Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month make a difference?
We can use this month to raise awareness about teen dating violence and take action toward a solution – both at home and in our communities.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Encourage parents to talk with their teens about healthy relationships.
- Ask teachers to hold classroom discussions about dating violence and prevention – or to invite speakers in to talk about these issues.
- Help schools create policies that support healthy relationships and involve student voices.
How can I help spread the word?
We’ve made it easier for you to make a difference. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today. For example:
Take action to raise awareness about teen dating violence.
- Write a letter to a public official – like a mayor or governor – asking them to recognize Teen Dating Violence Month.
- Wear orange on February 14 to raise awareness about dating violence in your community.
- Read and share the National Respect Announcement on Facebook or Tumblr.
- Share materials from loveisrespect about healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.
- If you are concerned about a teen you know, reach out for support.
Adapted from Break the Cycle.
Contact Break the Cycle for more information and materials.