February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, or TDVAM for short.
Every February across the United States, teens and those who support them join together for a national effort to raise awareness to teen dating violence. 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. And nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. By joining together every February, we can spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!
The 2020 TDVAM campaign theme is “#1Thing”
Pronounced “One Thing” or “Hashtag One Thing”, this campaign is focused on meeting teens where they are at. By learning one thing about teen dating violence and sharing that with a friend, every teen can make a difference. We’re starting at square one together to build healthy relationships from the ground up. By just learning or doing one thing, you can start the conversation about healthy relationships in your friend circles, schools, and communities. Everyone has a part in ending dating abuse, even if that one thing seems small in the moment. Every step towards ending dating violence is an important one!
Are you a teen looking to engage your friends and community to prevent teen dating violence? Click the image of the teen action guide below to get your action guide.
Are you an educator, youth group leader, parent, or an adult who has a loved one who is a teen? Click the image of the helper action guide below.
Respect Week is February 10 – February 14th. Looking for ways to engage during Respect Week? Click the image below for your guide.
Make sure to use hashtags #1Thing and #TDVAM2020 in your social media posts. Thank you for all you’re doing to prevent teen dating violence this TDVAM!
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