Teen Dating Violence
We are “going back to basics” with Love Is Respect and sharing national teen dating violence tools and healthy relationship resources. We feel it’s vital that we share unified messages and to continue talking about these issues that affect young people on a national platform. Break the Cycle also has a variety of resources toward this collective goal. Check out both websites for a full list of activities. If you have an event or initiative you’d like to share and have included on our calendar, submit it here.
TDVAPM 2017 Calendar of Events
Join LoveIsRespect.org to raise awareness and promote the fundamentals of healthy relationships. The theme for TDVAM 2017 is “Love is…Respect,” with events lined up all month to support the message. Check their page for a full list of activities, including Tweet Chats and Webinars. Below are some highlights.
Follow loveisrespect on social media for information and updates to share with your friends and family. Share your thoughts and what you’ve learned about teen dating violence with everyone you know by posting on social media using the hashtags #teenDVmonth and #loveisrespect! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and include the hashtag #enDVinNJ.
February 13-17: Respect Week will be full of engaging ways to get involved and share our unified messages.
February 14: Wear Orange Day is a national day of awareness where we encourage everyone to wear orange in honor of Teen DV Month. In 2017, it will be held on Feb. 14. You can wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, shoes or anything else you can think of! Tell people why you are wearing orange and post pictures and updates on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #Orange4Love, #RespectWeek2017 and #endDVinNJ.
If you have an event, please let us know and we can share. We’ll be posting more here throughout the month. Stay tuned!
Teen Dating Violence Impact & Fact Sheets
Click here to learn more about the impact of teen dating violence.
See below for our teen dating violence fact sheets, created in partnership with Rutgers University School of Social Work.
Relationship violence can start early in a young person’s life. In fact, intimate partner violence effects teenagers and young women ages 16-24, more than any other age group. One third of adolescents has experienced physical, emotional, sexual, and/or verbal abuse by a dating partner. The dynamics of power and control in a teen dating relationship can be just as dangerous as those found in an adult relationship. In fact, due to the age of the parties involved, teens may face barriers that prevent them from getting the support and resources they need to be safer in their relationships.
Dating abuse prevention education should begin early. Schools and communities have the opportunity to educate young people about the values found in healthy relationships, and to offer tools that challenge social norms that support domestic and dating violence: gender stereotypes, violence, power and privacy.
The fact sheets linked below serve as an excellent vehicle to initiate dialogue about this critical issue. As such, please feel welcome to utilize and distribute these materials as you see fit.
TDVAPM 2017 Community Spotlight