Over the past five years, it has been exciting to see how organizations and individuals have been leveraging the month to spread awareness about teen dating violence.
Being a teen isn’t an easy experience, and navigating relationships as a teen definitely isn’t an easy experience.
Today 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. At The Hotline, we believe that education is the key to preventing dating and domestic violence.
Since part of our mission is to empower young people to build healthy relationships, this year we wanted to focus on a theme to help you do just that.
As the collection states: “being an active bystander means doing something to stop dating abuse.” TAP for Teen Victims is a program that encourages youth leaders to change their communities’ response to teenage victims of crime, while building the resilience of the youth participants.” The toolkit is very in-depth and could be a great way to engage teens in the community in a group discussion style program.
It would even be a great program to implement for teens that need community service for school, as they would be doing a great service to the community in bringing assistance and awareness about TDV. Love Speaks Out works to engage and educate teens about speaking out against TDV and to have more positive 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.
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