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February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being 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

Almost 1 in 10 teens reports being physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Make a difference: http://bit.ly/WHenrB

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Find out more: http://1.usa.gov/bfPeDu #datingviolence

Talk to your kids about healthy relationships and lead by example! http://1.usa.gov/W8OdLp

Be a role model - treat your kids and partner with respect: http://1.usa.gov/13HpnbE

Teach your kids the facts about their bodies, sex, and relationships: http://1.usa.gov/R3ou97

Have conversations about your values and expectations while your child is young: http://1.usa.gov/Vqx8ig

Worried about your child’s relationship? Check out ways to help: http://bit.ly/L2Q1q3

If you know a young adult in an abusive relationship, text or call @loveisrespect’s helpline: http://bit.ly/xL5nj2 #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. Host an event, like a play or a poetry slam, to raise awareness in your community.
  3. Join a group that supports the movement against dating abuse.
  4. Share materials from loveisrespect about healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.
  5. If you are concerned about a loved one, reach out for support.

Adapted from Break the Cycle.
Contact Break the Cycle or email teenDVmonth@breakthecycle.org for more information and materials.

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