For many, February is the month of love, where Valentine’s Day is the ultimate celebration of relationships. But February is also about the other side of the coin — what about relationships that are unhealthy or abusive?
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month or teenDVmonth is a national effort to raise awareness about dating abuse statistics, prevention and programs.
“In a 12-month period, one in 10 high school students nationwide reported they were physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend,” said President Barack Obama in a presidential proclamation about teenDVmonth. “And still more experienced verbal or emotional abuse like shaming, bullying or threats.”
Throughout February, nonprofits, organizations and individuals nationwide come together to highlight the importance of educating young people about relationships. And that includes you!
You can be a part of teenDVmonth:
- Join thousands of conversations on It’s Time To Talk Day, which brings together parents, students, teachers, educators, survivors, advocates, celebrities and beyond to start talking about healthy relationships, dating abuse and domestic violence
- Participate in an It’s Time To Talk Day Talk-A-Thon
- Host your own Talk-A-Thon event
- Read the National Respect Announcement on Valentine’s Day at your school, which has reached over one million students and counting
- Write letters to your school, community leaders, government officials and faith leaders about how they can change and implement dating abuse prevention policies
- Wear orange to raise awareness of teenDVmonth
Find out what events you can join during teenDVmonth! With your help, we can work together to help young people build healthy relationships.