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February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)

Published: February 4, 2014
Audience:
Family Violence Prevention and Services (FVPSA)
Topics:
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Programs/Services, Promising Practices
Types:
guidance

Each year, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. At a rate far higher than other forms of youth violence, teen dating violence impacts 1 in 3 adolescents in the United States through physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse with the goal of decreasing the prevalence of dating violence among young people.

To support the National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Campaign, visit the month’s official web page.

Learn more about TDVAM events in your community.

Help Someone Today

If you or someone you know who is in an abusive dating relationship, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, 7 days a week at 866-331-9474, or TTY 1-866-331-8453. The Helpline also has peer advocates available via live chat from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Confidential help is also available through the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you need help or know someone who may need someone to talk to, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

HHS Federal Dating Violence Awareness Events

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program in the Family and Youth Services Bureau strives to bring visibility to the work of advocates, the strength of victims, and the Federal initiatives addressing the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, and family violence every day.

Throughout the month of February, there will be several Federal awareness events taking place to highlight the issue of teen dating violence, such as webinars or conference calls.

For a helpful introduction to the issue of teen dating violence, including how to prevent and respond to teen dating violence, visit VAWnet.org, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, supported by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.

For more information about Federal Awareness Events supported by the FVPSA Program, please visit the program’s web page, where you can learn more about national training and awareness events in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Be More Informed

To learn more about dating violence and domestic violence please visit VAWnet, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women.

If you want to know the signs of abuse, learn more about healthy relationships, or how to help a friend, visit Love Is Respect’s “Is This Abuse?” page.

Dating Violence Resources for Young People & Parents

Break the Cycle: Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence
Striving to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence.

Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
The Centers for Disease Control's Dating Matters Initiative promotes healthy teen relationships in economically disadvantaged urban communities. The initiative includes an online training for youth workers and teachers.

Love Is Respect: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Providing resources for teens, parents, friends and family, Peer Advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials and the general public.

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships
A national project targeting 11- to- 14-year-olds and rallying entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.

A Thin Line
Empowering youth to stop the spread of digital abuse.

Technology Safety Planning with Survivors
Help young survivors of teen dating violence make safer decisions online with safety planning tips sheets from the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean Vietnamese, Somali and Russian.

Resources for Youth Workers and Educators

Runaway and Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit
This toolkit was developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and domestic and sexual assault (DV/SA) fields to help programs better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth.

Addressing Intimate Partner Abuse In Runaway and Homeless Youth: A Practical Guide for Service Providers (PDF, 207 KB)
This practical guide from the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership addresses challenges specific to runaway and homeless youth facing intimate partner violence. 

National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth Teen Dating Violence Resources
NCFY’s resources for youth workers include summaries of new research, Q&A’s with experts, and articles about what youth programs are doing to combat dating violence.