Breaking the Cycle: Supporting Safe Relationships during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month is observed every February to raise awareness about the serious issue of dating violence among teenagers and to promote healthy relationships. This issue affects not just teens, but also the people in their lives who care about them, such as parents, teachers, friends, and communities.
According to DoSomething.org, one in three teenagers will experience some form of dating violence in their lives, making it a widespread and serious problem. Unfortunately, many teenagers may not realize they are in an abusive relationship and may not know how to get help.
What is teen dating violence and what does it look like?
- Teen dating violence can take many forms and can happen in both physical and emotional relationships.
- Physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, digital abuse, and stalking are all forms of teen dating violence.
The effects of teen dating violence can be far-reaching and long-lasting:
- Physical health problems, including bruises and broken bones.
- Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
- Substance abuse as a coping mechanism.
- Academic problems, including struggling in school or dropping out.
- Increased risk of future abuse.
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM) is a time to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence and provide education and resources to promote healthy relationships. Here’s how you can help:
- Spread the word about the importance of promoting safe and healthy relationships for teens.
- Educate yourself and others about the signs and effects of teen dating violence.
- Provide resources and support for those who may be experiencing abuse.
- Encourage young people to develop healthy relationships based on respect and non-violence.
Join us in making a difference and help create a brighter future for all by preventing teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline: www.thehotline.org
- Loveisrespect.org: www.loveisrespect.org
- National Center for Victims of Crime: www.victimsofcrime.org
- Break the Cycle: www.breakthecycle.org
- Futures Without Violence: www.futureswithoutviolence.org
- The National Dating Abuse Helpline: https://www.thehotline.org/
These organizations provide information, resources, and support for individuals affected by dating violence, as well as tools for preventing it.