DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT ORGANIZATIONS URGE AMERICANS TO JOIN NATIONAL CAMPAIGN AND “HUDDLE UP FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS” DURING
TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
January 31, 2019 – Dating violence is more common than many people think. Studies show one in three high school students experience either physical or sexual violence, or both, that is perpetrated by someone they are dating or going out with.1 During February’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, national and local domestic violence and sexual assault organizations are inviting Americans to “Huddle Up for Healthy Relationships” and work together to prevent dating abuse.
Educators, elected leaders, law enforcement officials, parents, students, teachers and anyone with an interest in helping teens stay safe in their relationships are encouraged to join the national campaign. Beginning January 31, 2019 with a webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The National Domestic Violence Hotline’s project loveisrespect, experts on domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating violence will share insights into relationship abuse. Data shows that interpersonal violence is experienced by nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide each year2 and nearly half (43%) of all college women and one third (28%) of college men report having experienced either abuse or controlling behaviors in a dating relationship. 3
“As we’ve seen with the #MeToo movement, it’s evident that now more than ever we need to educate children and young people about dating violence and more importantly, provide them with ongoing education about healthy relationships and what that looks like,” says Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of The National Domestic Violence Hotline and its project, loveisrespect. “So many mixed messages on relationships are informing cultural and societal attitudes, so it’s vital that we work together to discuss what to expect in a healthy relationship including consent, trust, boundaries, and respect.”
Throughout the month, participants are encouraged to write blogs based on different weekly themes, take Twitter polls, shoot videos, download the Parent Guide in English and Spanish, and recognize Wear Orange for Love Day during Respect Week.
““Dating violence is preventable, especially if education about healthy relationships starts early,” said William Wubbenhorst, Associate Commissioner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families. “This month and beyond we want educators, youth, and community leaders to join along with middle, high school and college students, to creatively promote messages about dating violence prevention, and raise awareness of the differences between healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.”
Dating abuse includes:
* Physical and sexual abuse
* Verbal and emotional abuse and controlling behaviors
* The use of technologies like cell phones and social networking to abuse and control (digital abuse)
Download the Huddle Up for Healthy Relationships Toolkit on loveisrespect.org for more #TeenDVMonth engagement ideas and plug and play materials. Follow #HuddleUp for #HealthyRelationships to join the conversation.
* Jan. 31: Join the kick-off webinar “State of Dating Violence: Huddle Up for Healthy Relationships” – The National Domestic Violence Hotline and a spokesperson from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will ignite the month-long campaign with a discussion on the epidemic of dating abuse, current dating trends among young people, what to look for in a healthy relationship, where to go for support when you or someone you care for is in an abusive relationship. Register here.
* Feb. 1: Campaign participants are encouraged to shoot smart phone video selfies telling, “What a healthy relationship looks like to me” and post them on social media using #HuddleUp for #HealthyRelationships to generate online conversation.
* Feb. 11-15: It’s Respect Week! Among other activities outlined in the toolkit, students are urged to make an announcement on February 11 on their school’s public address system and website that it’s time to celebrate healthy relationships and to get educated about unhealthy behaviors.
* Feb. 12: Wear #orange4love and share on social with a statement that you take a stand against abuse and support healthy relationships.
Visit loveisrespect.org for more information.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline relies on the generous support of individuals, private gifts from corporations and foundations and federal grants. It is funded in part by Grant Number 90EV0426 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of HHS.
1 Vagi, K.J., Olsen, E.O.M., Basile, K.C., & Vivolo-Kantor, A.M. (2015). Teen dating violence (physical and sexual) among US high school students: findings from the 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey. JAMA Pediatrics, 169 (5), 474-482.
2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Physical Dating Violence among High School Students—United States, 2003,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol. 55, No. 19.
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