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February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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:

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Get the Word Out

  Sample Tweets

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! Here are some ways to get involved: http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/teendvmonth/ #teenDVmonth

Fact: 1 in 10 teens who date have been physically abused by someone they’ve gone out with. Make a difference: http://bit.ly/1Pz739a

#DatingViolence can be both physical and emotional. Learn more about it here: http://1.usa.gov/bfPeDu #teenDVmonth

Be a role model – you can teach your kids a lot by treating them and others with respect. For more tips: http://bit.ly/2hCwiTx

It’s never too early to teach your kids about sex and relationships. Here are some ways to start the convo: http://1.usa.gov/R3ou97

Worried about your child’s relationship? Find ways to help: http://bit.ly/L2Q1q3 #teenDVmonth

If you know a young adult in an abusive relationship, text or call @loveisrespect’s helpline: http://bit.ly/1cdN3gk #datingviolence

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Get Involved

Take action to raise awareness about teen dating violence.

  1. Write a letter to a public official – like a mayor or governor – asking them to recognize Teen Dating Violence Month.
  2. Wear orange on February 14 to raise awareness about dating violence in your community.
  3. Read and share the National Respect Announcement on Facebook or Tumblr.
  4. Share materials from loveisrespect about healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.
  5. 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.

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