Promote Healthy Relationships All Month Long: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Love is RespectPromoting healthy and positive relationships can change lives. February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month, a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse from continuing. Please contribute your voices, resources, and support by partnering with FYSB’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, the National Dating Violence Help Line, Break the Cycle, Casa De Esperanza, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and the National Dating Abuse Helpline. There are many opportunities for community members to support TDVAM, with national events taking place throughout the month. Please visit the National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month Campaign to learn more about events taking place in your community.

This year, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is marking TDVAM by reaching out to young people, advocates, service providers and community partners to promote healthy communication, relationship building, and peer support. Our efforts this year are designed to raise awareness, to help others make a difference in the lives of young people, and to help reduce the prevalence of dating violence by promoting healthy relationships.

“We are listening to the voices of young people all over this country and we are providing opportunities for others to learn about ways to offer meaningful support as well as impact community changes.  We cannot and must not do this work alone– every voice strengthens our work,” says Marylouise Kelley, Director of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. “Now more than ever, we must express our support for collaborative efforts between services for runaway and homeless youth and domestic violence survivors to improve responses to youth experiencing teen dating violence,” adds Debbie Powell, Deputy Associate Commissioner for the Family and Youth Services Bureau.

Every year, the FVPSA Program strives to bring visibility to the work of advocates, the strength of young people, and the Federal initiatives addressing dating violence and domestic violence.  Throughout the month of February, there will be several Federal awareness events taking place such, as webinars or blogging events. Visit the FVPSA web page for additional information.

2013 National TDVAM Event Highlights:

  • Blogfest 2013 is a way to raise awareness about dating abuse and to join in the movement to end its occurrence. During TDVAM, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and Break the Cycle want to hear what teens, parents and advocates have to say about dating, love, sex, and most importantly, healthy relationships. Whether you’re a seasoned blogger, or are still learning about the blogosphere, we encourage your creativity and participation. Learn more.
  • 02/13/13, 3:00 PM EST - Webinar: Advocacy Efforts to End Teen Dating Violence in Native Communities: Learn how some tribal communities are working with their Native youth to develop and design advocacy services and prevention programming to respond to teen dating violence. Presented by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. Register here.
  • 02/20/13, 6:30 PM EST – Webinar: Casa de Esperanza’s Youth Peer Educators: This webinar will highlight the work of Casa de Esperanza’s Youth Peer Educators, who develop workshops and presentations for youth in schools and community settings on healthy relationships and teen dating violence. Join these young Latin@ leaders for a presentation about their work!  Register here.
  • 02/28/13, 3:00 PM EST – Webinar: Developing Practices to Effectively Prevent and Respond to Teen Dating Violence in Latin@ Communities: Join us in exploring strategies that will assist us in supporting young people to increase their knowledge and skills about the importance of healthy relationships.  Learn about ways to support the development of youth leadership to effectively prevent and respond to teen dating violence. Make a commitment to influence the lives of youth in ways that will lead to positive change.  Register here.

TDVAM Resources

  • To support the 2013 National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Campaign, visit the month's official website.
  • To learn more about TDVAM awareness events in your community, visit the map of events.

You Can Help Someone Today

If you or someone you know is in an abusive dating relationship, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Dating Abuse Helpline.

  • Call 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453.
  • Seek online support at Love Is Respect through the live chat feature.
  • Text ‘loveis’ directly to 77054 to begin a text chat with an advocate.