We hope you’re ready, because It’s Time to Talk. On Thursday December 8, 2011, Liz Claiborne Inc. and its partners unite for the ninth annual It’s Time to Talk Day. Across the country, talk radio, government officials, domestic violence advocates, businesses, schools and the public-at-large will take a moment (or more!) to have an open conversation about dating abuse. This issue affects nearly one in three women at some point in their lifetime.
How can you start talking about dating violence in your community?
With friends: Help your friends start talking about healthy relationships by taking a stand against dating abuse. Use your Facebook or Twitter to start a conversation or let friends and followers know that they can come to you to talk about preventing dating violence. Post a status or tweet similar to “Have you talked about healthy relationships lately? It’s Time to Talk.” and include a link to a resource, like statistics on the issue (we recommend the 2010 fact sheet from the CDC) or post our phone number or text shortcode: “loveis” to 22522.
At work: Ask your employer to address dating abuse with your coworkers. Having a support system at work is important and may encourage someone experiencing dating abuse to come forward and ask for help. You can even have your employer post hotline numbers and these Love is Not Abuse educational brochures in common spaces so that they are available to everyone.
At school: While you’re learning algebra and physics, you should be learning about healthy relationships and dating abuse too. Ask your school how they are already educating students about the issue. Think your school’s program could use a little improvement? Check out the Love Is Not Abuse curriculum to prevent teen dating violence and see if they will adopt it.