Raising Awarenss for Teen Dating Violence in February
February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) in the United States. This month aims to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence and promote healthy relationships among teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nearly 1 in 11 female and about 1 in 15 male high school students report experiencing physical dating violence in the past year. 1 in 9 female high school students and 1 in 36 male high school students report experiencing sexual dating violence in the past year. TDVAM is an opportunity for NPFY to share resources with our youth, mentors, and community members about the warning signs of dating violence and the resources available to those who may be experiencing abuse.
Teen dating violence is a pattern of behavior that involves physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual abuse by a romantic partner. It can occur in person or through technology, such as texting or social media. The effects of dating violence can be devastating and long-lasting, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is crucial to recognize the signs of dating violence and seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing abuse.
It is important to remember that anyone can experience dating violence, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse, there are resources available to help. The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides confidential support and resources 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or by visiting their website at thehotline.org. Additionally, Loveisrespect.org provides support and resources specifically for teens experiencing dating violence. Read and share their 2023 action guide here.
In conclusion, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to raise awareness about the issue of dating violence and promote healthy relationships among teens. It is crucial to recognize the signs of dating violence and seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing abuse. By working together, we can create a safer and healthier future for all teens.
Additional Action Items from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau
- Collaborate: Domestic violence organizations rely on strong partnerships with schools, faith communities, cultural community centers, and more. Are you a part of a group that could be a good partner? Check out the PreventIPV Tools Inventory
- Gain Perspective: This special Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence includes the work of many organizations and organizes the resources on TDV prevention and responses by different populations like parents, bystanders, etc.
- Read: White House Proclamation on National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, 2023 In his statement, President Biden says, “During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we bring this scourge out of the shadows, recommit to promoting healthy relationships, and join together with a clear message to survivors: You are not alone. Support is close by, and justice is within reach.”