It’s February, which means it’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#teendvmonth)! Did you know that one in three young people experiences some form of dating violence? No one deserves to be abused, ever, for any reason, so it’s really important to shed light on this issue and let people know that everyone deserves a healthy relationship. With that in mind, our theme this year is: “Love Is…Respect!” We’ll be discussing what respect looks like (and what it doesn’t) in healthy relationships throughout the month, so be sure to check our blog often.
This Teen DV Month is extra special, because loveisrespect is celebrating its 10th anniversary! We are so grateful for all of our friends and partners who work with us to engage, educate and empower young people to build healthy relationships and end dating abuse. We hope you’ll join us and raise awareness in your school and community!
How Can You Get Involved?
There are lots of ways you can join the conversation and help raise awareness about dating violence! Mark your calendars for our events:
- Feb. 8: “Love is Respect, Online and Off!” Twitter chat at 6:30 p.m. CT. Cohosted by That’s Not Cool! Follow #teendvchat to join.
- Feb. 13-17: Respect Week! Download our Respect Week Guide on the Teen DV Month page for event and activity ideas.
- Feb. 14: On Valentine’s Day, we wear #orange4love! Let us know you’ll be wearing orange on our Facebook event page, and be sure to share your pics with us!
- Feb. 15: ”Let’s Talk About Respect + Sex, Baby” Twitter chat at 7 p.m. CT. Follow #teendvchat to join.
- Feb. 17: National Respect Announcement. Join our Thunderclap and help spread the message that everyone deserves a healthy relationship!
- Feb. 23: Join our webinar, “Teens Helping Teens: Empowering Young People to Support Each Other” at 3:30 p.m. CT. During this webinar, aimed at adult allies (educators, parents, programs, organizations), we’ll be discussing tips and strategies for empowering young people to support one another. Register here!