Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2021

Calendar of Events & Resources

Publication Date: February 19, 2021

 

In observance of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), national training and technical assistance providers funded through ACF’s Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) will host a number of public awareness and social media campaigns throughout the month of February. Collectively, the resource centers will be promoting the theme of “Know Your Worth” to highlight healthy relationships among young people. Grantees have developed social media campaigns and events, online toolkits and materials, webinars, and more that may be of interest. Points of contact are included for more information.

 

PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS

LOVE IS RESPECT

2021 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Campaign Visit disclaimer page

Every February, young people and their loved ones join together across the country for a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long push focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts. The theme for TDVAM 2021 is Know Your Worth. Know Your Worth is all about learning about healthy relationships and self-empowerment! Every young person is deserving of a healthy, loving relationship.

FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE

That’s Not Cool - Public Awareness Campaign

That’s Not Cool is an award-winning national public education initiative that partners with young people to help raise awareness and bring educational and organizing tools to communities to address dating violence, unhealthy relationships, and digital abuse. Our vision is for everyone to experience healthy relationships― online and off. The program’s interactive website, tools, and resources support young people as they learn to recognize, avoid, and prevent dating violence in their lives.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

For TDVAM, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is sponsoring several engagement opportunities highlighting the work of organizations that center young people and youth-driven initiatives, with a specific focus on the voices and experiences of Black and Trans-identified youth facing homelessness and housing instability. This year, NRCDV’s  #1Thing messaging campaign is focused on honoring the wisdom and leadership of youth in promoting community care, healing, and resilience. Additionally, NRCDV is celebrating love is respect’s theme for TDVAM 2021, Know Your Worth, through the PreventIPV Visit disclaimer page project, spotlighting prevention tools and projects that promote healthy relationships with self and others throughout February. For awareness tips and tools, visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Project at www.dvawareness.org Visit disclaimer page

#1Thing Social Media CampaignbNRCDV will continue to build on the #1Thing campaign to call for collective action, honoring the wisdom and leadership of youth in promoting community care, healing, and resilience for #TeenDVMonth 2021. The #1Thing message will encourage individuals and communities to shift the narrative about the lived experiences and needs of runaway and homeless youth, especially young people from traditionally marginalized communities. Throughout TDVAM, NRCDV will feature the newly redesigned Runaway & Homeless Youth Relationship Violence Toolkit Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page , lifting up the work of youth-centered organizations addressing homelessness and housing instability, especially for Black and Trans-identified youth, and promote related resources from RHY and DV/SV service providers and NRCDV’s projects, including the LGBTQ Institute and Safe Housing Partnerships. Contact: Joe Ostrander at jostrander@nrcdv.org

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER & NATIVELOVE

#NativeLove Instagram Visit disclaimer page Challenge for Healthy Relationships

What does healthy Native love mean to you? Youth and teens, you’re invited to participate in the #NativeLoveIs Instagram Story Challenge to bring awareness to healthy relationships for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Pick a week during February and post an Instagram story each day following the prompts below. Tag @NativeLoveIs Visit disclaimer page in each post for a chance to win a prize pack from NativeLove and NIWRC!

UJIMA

Social Media Campaign with JCADA/Safe Sister’s Circle + Coffee and Conversation

Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:30-8pm ET, 5:30pm CT, 4:30pm MT, 3:30pm PT, 1:30pm HT

The Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) and Ujima Visit disclaimer page will be partnering throughout the month of February to produce social media messaging related to Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and Black History Month. Watch out for Instagram posts each Friday in February on how Black teens are affected by TDV. Join a Coffee & Conversation on 2/22 featuring @thesafesisterscircle Visit disclaimer page and @Ujimacommunity Visit disclaimer page to discuss TDV within the Black Community. Register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-and-conversation-a-community-collaborative-approach-to-tdvam-tickets-140128988577 Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page

 

SOCIAL MEDIA EVENTS

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER & NATIVELOVE #NativeLoveIs Twitter Chat

Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1pm ET, 2pm CT, 3 pm MT, 4pm PT, 6pm HT

Teens, youth organizers, advocates and allies! Speak out with us against teen dating violence and help educate about healthy relationships during the #NativeLoveIs Twitter Chat, February 12 from 3-4 p.m. MT. Let’s reclaim what Native love really is - respect, equality, kindness, and compassion for all living things and each other. Follow @NativeLoveIs Visit disclaimer page on Twitter and tweet with us using #NativeLoveIs!

UJIMA

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Twitter Chat

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 12pm ET, 11am CT, 10am MT, 9am PT, 7am HT

Join @Ujimacommunity Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page and their partners for a conversation on teen dating relationships. Discussions will include signs of and risk factors for abuse, the importance of addressing trauma, youth engagement, caregiver support, and resources for help.

Black Love Day Twitter Chat

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 3:30-4pm ET, 3pm CT, 2pm MT, 1pm PT, 11am HT

Join @Ujimacommunity Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page for a twitter chat on Black wellness and self-care, Black love icons and romance in today’s Black culture, red flags in relationships and where to go for support, as well as accountability and the role of the community.

 

WEBINARS

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Not Neutral: The Impact of Mandatory Reporting on Domestic Violence Survivors

Presenters: Dr. Carrie Lippy & Shannon Perez-Darby 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 12pm PT, 10am HT

Link: https://nrcdv.adobeconnect.com/tdvam21-webinar2/event/event_info.html Visit disclaimer page

As increasing light is shed on the limitations of criminal legal responses to domestic violence, calls for community-based solutions that do not involve the criminal legal system are growing louder. Mandatory reporting laws pose a significant challenge in making this shift, however, by connecting many informal and formal domestic violence supports to criminal and legal institutions. In this TDVAM webinar, we will explore the impact of mandatory reporting on domestic violence survivors, highlighting unique impacts for LGBTQ young people. We will present findings from a 2016 survey that examined how mandatory reporting affects the help-seeking of domestic violence survivors. We will also identify practical strategies advocates can use to decrease negative consequences of reporting and increase survivor safety and self-determination. Contact: Marci Taitt-Lamar at mtaitt@nrcdv.org

Meaningful Partnerships to Support Youth at the Intersections of Homelessness and Gender-Based Violence

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 2pm ET, 1pm CT, 11am PT, 9am HT

Register: https://nrcdv.adobeconnect.com/tdvam21-webinar/event/event_info.html Visit disclaimer page

Recognizing and understanding the intersections of youth homelessness/housing insecurity and gender-based violence is critical to creating meaningful services and effective intervention and prevention strategies. While there is a great need for coordinated relationship violence intervention and prevention efforts for runaway and homeless youth, RHY and DV/SA service providers often work in silos and are unfamiliar with each other’s work. This webinar will examine the scope and unique characteristics of relationship violence amongst RHY, and will explore the why and the how of building and sustaining effective community collaborations to best serve youth at the intersections. Contact: Ivonne Ortiz at iortiz@nrcdv.org

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

Call to Action: Responsive Advocacy for 2SLGBTQ Native Youth Experiencing Dating Violence

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 3pm ET, 2pm CT, 1pm MT, 12pm PT, 10am HT

This webinar panel raises the voices, expertise and leadership of Indigenous Two Spirit and LGBTQ youth to provide a foundation and direction to advocates, school personnel and families about how to effectively and respectfully advocate when youth and teens are experiencing dating violence. The panel of Indigenous 2SLGBTQ youth present an integral call to action modelling the necessity of youth leadership in initiatives impacting their lives. While the focus of this webinar panel is on dating violence and intimate partner violence, the basic principles presented apply to all endeavors impacting Indigenous 2SLGBTQ youth. Join us for an enlightening, motivating conversation! Contact Kendra Root for more information.

 

UJIMA

Teen Dating Violence Webinar

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 11-12pm ET, 10am CT, 9am MT, 8am PT, 6am HT

This webinar will explore the current and popular discourse around violence and boundaries within relationships experienced by teen dating violence survivors. We will examine and critique the role that pop culture and social media has on teens' understanding of how to establish healthy boundaries and asking for help. This conversation will allow participants to think beyond awareness raising and consider other opportunities for community engagement and organizing. For more information, please reach out to Ayana Wallace.  Register for the webinar: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-and-conversation-a-community-collaborative-approach-to-tdvam-tickets-140128988577 Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page

LOVE IS RESPECT

#KnowYourWorth: Real Talk with the love is respect Youth Council Webinar

Thursday, February 25, 2021 5pm ET, 4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT, 12pm HT

TDVAM is a month-long effort dedicated to raising awareness about teen and young adult dating abuse. Every February, people across the U.S. come together for a national effort to bring awareness to dating violence. This year, love is respect’s 2021 TDVAM campaign theme is Know Your Worth. Focused on self-empowerment, this theme was selected by college students from across the country. Everyone – regardless of age, race, sexual or gender identity – is deserving of a healthy, happy relationship!

A panel of love is respect’s Youth Council members will be discussing the real issues affecting teens and young people today, how the adults in their lives can best support them, and what Know Your Worth means to them. Join us for this candid discussion! To register: https://www.loveisrespect.org Visit disclaimer page

NETWORKING CALL FOR AAPI COMMUNITY

ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Bridges: A Connect Call for the AAPI Community – February’s theme: AAPI teen/youth dating violence

On February 10, 2021 at noon PST, for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, join our “Bridges” AAPI Connect Call for a discussion around how relationship abuse and sexual violence impact Asian and Pacific Islander teens, youth, and young adults. API-GBV staff will facilitate dialogue around how abuse shows up in our communities; AAPI cultural, religious, and family dynamics; how bullying and mental illness play a role; and strategies AAPI programs have adapted to support healthy relationships among young people. RSVP for the call at: https://forms.gle/DuJvhdfvhcs3bEWF7 Visit disclaimer page

 

About Bridges: These bi-monthly community connect calls are intended to be a space for AAPI advocates, community members, and allies to connect, dialogue, share successes, problem solve, and network. API-GBV staff will moderate and encourage discussion, but this is a space for YOU, as the experts of this work, to share your experiences and to learn from allies across the country. These calls will not be recorded, but we may share takeaways, without identifying information, with our staff or community.

TDV PODCASTS

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

NRCDV Radio Podcast: Joy, Pride & Passion of Youth Activism

Young people have always been a crucial part of movement building and organizing. In this NRCDV Radio podcast production, we will explore the pride, passion, creativity, and joy of youth activism. Learn how community care and action expands how we look at prevention, and how digital activism has challenged traditional social, economic, and political norms. Contact: Joe Ostrander at jostrander@nrcdv.org

TDV ONLINE TOOLKITS

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit

Throughout TDVAM, NRCDV will launch and feature the newly redesigned Runaway & Homeless Youth Relationship Violence Toolkit Visit disclaimer page Visit disclaimer page , lifting up the work of youth-centered organizations addressing homelessness and housing instability, especially for Black and Trans-identified youth, and promote related resources from RHY and DV/SV service providers and NRCDV’s projects, including the LGBTQ Institute and Safe Housing Partnerships. This toolkit was developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and domestic and sexual assault (DV/SA) field to help service providers better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth. Available at: www.rhytoolkit.org Visit disclaimer page . Contact: Ivonne Ortiz at iortiz@nrcdv.org

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER & NATIVELOVE

 

FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE

SSAPC Social Media Toolkit (February 2021)

This social media TDVAM toolkit for FVPSA’s Specialized Services for Abused Parents and their Children (SSAPC) grantees, includes best practices, sample messaging and graphics, and a list of resources for the grantees to push out through their social media outlets. The toolkit will help the grantees raise awareness of TDV, engage young people, and increase access to resources. The messaging can be adapted to the local context and community.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/108iBX6JWJ1-Pb5Y22IfRE_4Cs1VFLc2P Visit disclaimer page

 

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

http://startstrong.futureswithoutviolence.org/ Visit disclaimer page

Created as part of an 11-site aimed at promoting healthy relationships among 11 to 14-year-olds and identifying promising ways to prevent teen dating violence, the Start Strong website offers a wealth of information for community leaders, educators, parents, advocates, and more. Visit the website to find testimonials, case studies, lessons learned, guides for crafting school policies, and more.

 

TDV BLOGPOSTS

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Awareness Highlights: Centering Youth at the Intersections of Homelessness and Gender-Based Violence for Teen DV Month 2021 (February 2021)

This blog post on the Domestic Violence Awareness Project website highlights the release of the updated Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit, with a particular focus on the experiences of Black and Trans youth. The Toolkit includes strategies for building meaningful partnerships between RHY programs and domestic and sexual violence agencies to help meet the needs of those most impacted. The blog post will draw connections to key themes, events, resources, and opportunities for engagement throughout Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month 2021. Available at: https://www.dvawareness.org/awareness-blog Visit disclaimer page . Contact: Breckan Erdman Winters at berdman@nrcdv.org

 

STRONGHEARTS NATIVE HELPLINE

Online Dating Safety and How to Recognize Red Flags, Blogpost Visit disclaimer page

This blogpost will discuss online dating safety and the warning signs of dating violence.

When Dating Turns Violent Blog Visit disclaimer page

This blog tells a personal experience story about an abusive teen dating relationship, stalking, and finding healing. 

 

TDV ARTICLES & NEWSLETTERS

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

VAWnet TA Question of the Month: What innovative models are being used to reach out to runaway and homeless youth? (February 2021)

Our February Technical Assistance (TA) Question of the Month will highlight innovative programming from the youth program Bridge Over Troubled Waters, including their daily foot patrol program in the Boston and Cambridge areas. The TAQ will offer strategies for connecting with youth who face homelessness and housing insecurity. Available at: https://vawnet.org/news/ta-question-month Visit disclaimer page . Contact: Patty Branco at pbranco@nrcdv.org

Prevent IPV: Know Your Worth for TDVAM 2021 (February 2021)

The Winter Issue of the Prevent IPV Newsletter will feature key resources, information, and tools for preventing teen dating violence, including lessons learned from DELTA FOCUS. Throughout the month of February, the Prevent IPV project will feature a tool each week that was developed for and/or by youth to promote healthy relationships with self and others in recognition of  love is respect’s theme, Know Your Worth, for Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month 2021. Available at: http://www.preventipv.org/ Visit disclaimer page . Contact: Breckan Erdman Winters at berdman@nrcdv.org

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER & NATIVELOVE

NIWRC and NativeLove Awareness Statement for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February 2021) Visit disclaimer page

 

STRONGHEARTS NATIVE HELPLINE

Recognizing Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence Visit disclaimer page

This web article defines a healthy relationship, dating violence and the relationship spectrum.

Rising Up -- Reclaiming My Power Visit disclaimer page

This is a personal experience story about being in a relationship that moved too fast and became abusive and how the author reclaimed her power.

Healthy Relationship Bill of Rights Visit disclaimer page

Everyone has rights in their relationship. Read more about the healthy relationship bill of rights.

 

TDV SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence (Updated January 2019)

This Special Collection emphasizes collaborative and multi-level approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence. Drawing on the work of many organizations, this Collection provides general information about teen dating violence, as well as resources for different populations, including 1) young people, 2) parents and caregivers, 3) men and boys, 4) teachers and school-based professionals, 5) health care professionals, 6) pregnancy prevention programs, and 7) domestic violence and sexual violence service providers. Available at: http://vawnet.org/sc/preventing-and-responding-teen-dating-violence Visit disclaimer page . Contact: Patty Branco at pbranco@nrcdv.org

 

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER & NATIVELOVE

Native Youth Special Collection Visit disclaimer page

 

TDV STATS & FACTSHEETS 

FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE

Dating Violence & Unhealthy Behaviors

https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/the-connection-between-dating-violence-and-unhealthy-behaviors/ Visit disclaimer page

Information and statistics on dating violence and unhealthy behaviors, the risks associated with exposure to violence, mitigating the harmful impacts of witnessing violence, and why parents matter.

Adolescent Pregnancy, Reproductive Risk, and Exposure to Dating & Family Violence https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/the-facts-on-adolescent-pregnancy-reproductive-risk-and-exposure-to-dating-and-family-violence/ Visit disclaimer page

Information and statistics on how violence affects reproductive health in teen dating relationships and impacts risky behaviors.

Tweens & Teens Dating Violence

https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/the-facts-on-tweens-and-teens-and-dating-violence/ Visit disclaimer page

Information and statistics on tween and teen dating violence, academic performance, and parental involvement.

Understanding Teen Dating Violence https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/understanding-teen-dating-violence/ Visit disclaimer page

Teen dating fact sheet summarizing what teen dating violence is, why it’s a problem, who is at risk, who it affect health, how can we prevent it, and how does the CDC approach prevention.

 

ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

Dating/Hookup Abuse and Campus Sexual Assault Among Asian and Pacific Islander Youth

This factsheet presents a collection of information and statistics on dating abuse and sexual assault affecting AAPI teens, youth, and young adults.

https://www.api-gbv.org/resources/dvfactsheet-youth/ Visit disclaimer page

 

TDV HANDOUTS

NATIONAL INDIGENOUS WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER & NATIVELOVE

Strong Families Respect Each Other: What Native Youth Need to Know About the Connection Between Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (August 2019) https://www.niwrc.org/resources/booklet-strong-families-respect-each-other-what-native-youth-need-know-about-connection Visit disclaimer page

 

Strong Families Respect Each Other: What Native Youth Need to Know About Domestic Violence (August 2019)

https://www.niwrc.org/resources/booklet-strong-families-respect-each-other-what-native-youth-need-know-about-domestic Visit disclaimer page

 

FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE

Caring Relationships, Healthy You

https://store.futureswithoutviolence.org/index.php/product/caring-relationships-lgbq-safety-card/ Visit disclaimer page

A safety card is to be both a survivor-centered resource and a useful conversation starter for health care providers who are doing universal education around healthy relationships and assessing for violence specifically with LGBQ people or in LGBTQ health settings.

Trans/GNC in a Relationship? https://store.futureswithoutviolence.org/index.php/product/trans-gnc-safety-card/ Visit disclaimer page

This safety card is both a survivor-centered resource and a useful conversation starter for health care providers who are doing universal education around healthy relationships and assessing for violence specifically with Transgender, Gender Queer, or Gender Non-Conforming people or in LGBTQ health settings.

Hanging Out or Hooking Up - Safety cards, posters and clinical guidelines

https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/hanging-out-or-hooking-up-2/ Visit disclaimer page

Futures Without Violence has developed a suite of materials: Hanging Out or Hooking Up. The focus on the transformative role of the adolescent health care provider in preventing, identifying and addressing adolescent relationship abuse. These clinical guidelines, patient safety cards, and educational posters are applicable to providers working in a range of settings serving adolescents, including adolescent health, pediatrics, family planning clinics, and school-based health centers. Available in English and Spanish.

The Hanging Out or Hooking Up (Adolescent Health) materials challenge teens and young adults to reflect on how the person(s) they are dating or seeing treats them.

Beyond Halal and Haram: Muslims - Sex and relationships safety card

https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/beyond-halal-haram-muslims-sex-relationships/ Visit disclaimer page

The goal of this safety card is to be both a survivor-centered resource and a useful conversation starter for health care providers, counselors, social workers, mentors, or other adults working with high-school and college-aged Muslim youth who are doing universal education around healthy relationships and assessing for violence. The card provides information on healthy relationships and sex, guidance and resources for support, how to help a friend, and cultural and religious factors that play into decision-making.