Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about healthy relationships and dating abuse among teens and 20-somethings. Dating violence often intersects with issues of homelessness and pregnancy that many youth face. That is why we believe that collaboration between the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s (FYSB) three programs, Family Violence Prevention and Services, Runaway and Homeless Youth, and Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, is critical in working to end the many forms of violence that affect youth, decrease the likelihood of future violence, and increase the health and wellbeing of those being served.
For example, FYSB funded community-based collaborations amongst the three fields to begin critical conversations and demonstrate effective partnerships. The Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit was developed to report out on those important projects and to provide resources for replication. It is designed to increase service providers’ knowledge across each field in understanding the needs of youth, how to best serve them where issues intersect, and how to build, sustain, and measure meaningful community partnerships.
There are other FYSB-funded programs, the resources, training, guidance, and prevention materials available to help you work with youth who are homeless, pregnant and parenting, and experiencing dating violence.
Have questions about the health and safety of your relationship? Contact loveisrespect, any day/any time, to talk with a peer advocate at 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522 or chat online at http://www.loveisrespect.org.
If you are living on the from home to home or on streets, or in danger of becoming homeless, text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69-866. You’ll get a text back with the address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. Within that same message you’ll receive a prompt that says, “Reply with 2CHAT for more help.” Once you reply, you’ll be connected with a professional for more help.