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Raise Awareness During Teen DV Month

teendvmonth-2016Today we’re kicking off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month), a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, which affects one in three adolescents in the U.S. At The Hotline, we believe that education is the key to preventing dating and domestic violence. You can help by talking to the young people in your life about what’s healthy and what’s not healthy in a relationship.

Our project for youth and young adults, loveisrespect, was the first national, 24-hour helpline for teens and young adults affected by dating violence. We are proud to be commemorating loveisrespect’s 10th anniversary this February! To help spread the message about healthy relationships, they’re getting back to basics with their Teen DV Month theme: Love is…Respect.

If you are a parent, student, educator or youth leader, we invite you to get involved and join loveisrespect during the month of February:

  • Feb. 8: “Love is Respect, Online and Off!” Twitter chat at 6:30 p.m. CT. Cohosted by That’s Not Cool! Follow #teendvchat to join.
  • Feb. 13-17: Respect Week! Download the Respect Week Guide on loveisrespect’s Teen DV Month page for event and activity ideas.
  • Feb. 14: On Valentine’s Day, we wear #orange4love! Let everyone know you’ll be wearing orange on the Facebook event page, and be sure to share your picture on social media!
  • Feb. 15: ”Let’s Talk About Respect + Sex, Baby” Twitter chat at 7 p.m. CT. Follow #teendvchat to join.
  • Feb. 17: National Respect Announcement. Join the Thunderclap and help spread the message that everyone deserves a healthy relationship!
  • Feb. 23: Join loveisrespect’s webinar, “Teens Helping Teens: Empowering Young People to Support Each Other” at 3:30 p.m. CT. During this webinar, aimed at adult allies (educators, parents, programs, organizations), they’ll be discussing tips and strategies for empowering young people to support one another. Register here.

And, don’t forget to follow loveisrespect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr for updates and information to share with your friends and family!

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

teendvmonth-2016Being a teen isn’t an easy experience, and navigating relationships as a teen definitely isn’t an easy experience. As they’re grappling with constant messages from ever-evolving technology, figuring out what’s healthy and not healthy can be overwhelming for young people. We think it’s important to provide them with guidance and resources that help them make healthy choices and build safe, respectful relationships.

With one in three teens experiencing some form of abuse from a dating partner, now is the time to have conversations about dating violence with the teens in your life. Even if you don’t see the warning signs, learning how to create healthy relationships and avoid abusive ones are skills that will last a lifetime. And if your teen is experiencing abuse, it’s important to know how to help.

During February, follow loveisrespect, our project with Break the Cycle, for information about how to get involved during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month). There are plenty of ways to participate and help spread the word about teen dating violence:

  • Feb. 4Love = Setting Boundaries Twitter chat at 2 p.m. CST/3 p.m. EST. Follow the hashtag #teendvchat to participate.
  • Feb. 8-12 – Respect Week, hosted by the National Youth Advisory Board. Download the Respect Week Guide for activity ideas, and share what you’re doing on social media using the hashtag #RespectWeek2016.
  • Feb. 9 – Wear Orange4Love! Get your friends and family to wear orange and show support for healthy relationships. Join loveisrespect’s Facebook event, and post pictures with the hashtag #orange4love.
  • Feb. 12 – Read the National Respect Announcement at your school or to your organization. Join the Thunderclap to help spread the message about healthy relationships on social media!
  • Feb. 18Looking Deeper at Boundaries Twitter chat at 6 p.m. CST/7 p.m. EST. Follow the hashtag #teendvchat to participate.
  • Feb. 25 – Join loveisrespect and Break the Cycle for a webinar, “The New Normal,” which will explore current dating trends and cultural and social norms from a young person’s perspective. Register here.
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Get Involved During Teen DV Month

2015-TeenDVAMFebruary is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month). At The Hotline, we know that education goes a long way toward prevention, and having conversations with young people about healthy vs. unhealthy dating behaviors can help stop abuse before it starts.

Did you know:

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
  • Eighty one percent of parents believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.

Loveisrespect, our project for teens and young adults, has some great activities lined up for Teen DV Month:

  • The National Youth Advisory Board is hosting Respect Week Feb. 9-13. Teens can download the Respect Week 2015 toolkit for ideas and activities for raising awareness in their schools and communities
  • Wear Orange 4 Love. Encourage friends and family to wear something orange on Tuesday, Feb. 10 – hats, shirts, pants, nail polish, accessories, anything orange will do! Let people know you’re wearing orange to show your support for healthy relationships.
  • Join the Twitter Town Hall, hosted by loveisrespect, on Feb. 12 at 6 PM Central. They’ll be having a conversation about relationship rights. Follow along and participate using the hashtag #RespectWeek2015.
  • Support loveisrespect’s Thunderclap and help spread the National Respect Announcement on Friday, Feb. 13, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
  • Encourage teens to take the Dating Pledge. The pledge serves as a reminder for teens and a commitment to any current and future partner that they believe love is respect!
  • Participate in #LIRasks on social media. Each Monday in February loveisrespect will ask a question related to that week’s theme on the loveisrespect blog and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Everyone is invited to post responses on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the #LIRasks hashtag. At the end of each week loveisrespect will compile the top responses and share on their blog. Check out the weekly themes:

Week 1: Starting the Conversation About Dating Abuse & Healthy Relationships
Week 2: Know Your Relationship Rights
Week 3: Helping Someone in an Unhealthy or Abusive Relationship
Week 4: Relationships in the Media

Need information or resources on helping the teens in your life? The Hotline has you covered:

We frequently offer support, information and resources to friends and family members of young people affected by dating violence. You can always contact The Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or loveisrespect at 1-866-331-9474 any time if you have questions or concerns.