February is Teen Dating Violence (DV) Awareness Month! Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!

Watch this page for updates about Teen DV Month 2017!

Get Involved

Follow Us

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 hashtag #teenDVmonth!

View Our 2016 Webinar

“The New Normal: Understanding the Dating Culture and Dating Abuse in Today’s Society”

Co-hosted by Break the Cycle and loveisrespect. We will discuss current trends and social and cultural norms from a young person’s perspective. The webinar will address what young people experience, including challenges. We will also provide a toolkit for the participating programs that includes one-pagers, etc. on how to start a conversation, how to mobilize teens and young adults and tips on addressing dating abuse.
View the webinar and download the toolkit in the sidebar!

Chat with Us

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Join our Teen DV Month Twitter chats! Just follow the hashtag #teenDVchat:

Love = Setting Boundaries (2016)
Co-hosted by That’s Not Cool, an initiative of Futures Without Violence
During this chat, we’ll be discussing what boundaries are and how to start the conversation about boundaries in a relationship.
*Check out some highlights from this chat on Storify!

A Deeper Look at Boundaries (2016)
During this chat, we’ll be diving deeper into what happens when boundaries are violated and how to have difficult conversations with your partner.
*Check out some highlights from this chat on Storify!

Respect Week 2017 Will Be Feb. 13 – 17

Join us for Respect Week 2017! Keep an eye on this page for the updated Respect Week Guide. 

Wear Orange Day

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 and #RespectWeek2017.

Read and Share the National Respect Announcement

What better way to say Happy Valentine’s Day than helping all of your friends learn about healthy relationships? Help distribute the National Respect Announcement on Feb. 17, 2016. Read it to your class or your youth group. Post it to your Facebook wall or share it on Tumblr. Spread the word!

With Valentine’s Day behind us, we’d like to remind you that everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship. Remember, love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them. If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy, visit loveisrespect.org or text “loveis” to 22522.

Keep checking back with loveisrespect for more information and updates throughout the month of February!

Check this space in November 2016 for the updated 2017 Respect Week Guide!

Watch our webinar
“The New Normal: Understanding the Dating Culture and Dating Abuse in Today’s Society”
and download the toolkit here.

Download our Teen DV Month Facebook and Twitter headers to use on your own profile.

Want to urge your city or state to adopt a proclamation recognizing Teen DV Month? Download these templates!

Sample Letter

Sample Proclamation

Stay in touch with us!

Teen DV Month on the Blog