What is Teen DV Month?
TeenDVMonth (or 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. Even the White House issues an official proclamation!
Why Get Involved?
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.
We need your help to spread awareness about dating abuse and let everyone know they deserve a safe and healthy relationship.
How Do I Get Involved?
Finding ways to get involved is actually easier than you think! The loveisrespect National Youth Advisory Board (NYAB) hosts Respect Week every year. Respect Week 2016 will be held February 8-12. Check back soon for the 2016 Respect Week Toolkit, which is filled with ideas and activities for your school or group!
Wear Orange 4 Love
Wear Orange 4 Love is a national day of awareness where we encourage everyone to wear orange in honor of teenDVmonth. 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 (coming soon!) using the hashtags #Orange4Love and #RespectWeek.
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.
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.
Spread the Word
There are plenty of other ways you can get involved such as creating art, hosting an information table or just helping us tweet dating abuse statistics to help raise awareness.
Check back soon for the 2016 Respect Week Toolkit and other updates!