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.
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!
In February 2017, loveisrespect will be celebrating its 10th anniversary! So, we thought we’d get back to basics. Our theme for Teen DV Month 2017 is Love is . . . Respect. We’ll be talking about what respect means and why it’s so important in a healthy relationship – online and off. We hope you’ll join the conversation!
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!
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!
Watch this space for the 2017 Respect Week Guide!
Watch our 2016 webinar
“The New Normal: Understanding the Dating Culture and Dating Abuse in Today’s Society”
and download the toolkit here.