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!
Our theme for this year’s Teen DV Month is “Love = Setting Boundaries,” because boundaries are an important part of every healthy relationship.
Feb. 8 – 12 is Respect Week!
Join the loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) for Respect Week 2016.
Download the Respect Week Guide
Each year, loveisrespect and the NYAB put together a Respect Week Guide, which is filled with ideas and activities for your school or group. Download the guide from this page and get started on cool stuff that will make an impact in your community!
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 2016, it will be held on February 9. 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, Twitter or post to our Facebook event page using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek2016.
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 February 12, 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 around the corner, 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.
Be sure to join our Thunderclap and a message will be sent automatically to your networks!
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!
Chat with Us
Join our Teen DV Month Twitter chats! Just follow the hashtag #teenDVchat:
Love = Setting Boundaries
Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST
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.
A Deeper Look at Boundaries
Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST
During this chat, we’ll be diving deeper into what happens when boundaries are violated and how to have difficult conversations with your partner.
Attend Our Webinar
“The New Normal: Understanding the Dating Culture and Dating Abuse in Today’s Society”
Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST.
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.
Keep checking back with loveisrespect for more information and updates throughout the month of February!
Spread the message that everyone deserves a healthy and respectful relationship.