This February, Educate Yourself on Ways to Prevent and End Teen Dating Violence

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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

As a youth worker, you’ve probably seen signs of dating abuse among young people in your programs. Indeed, one in three U.S. teens experiences dating violence in the form of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse, according to findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

To raise awareness of this issue, we’ll be joining the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) in recognizing Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month this February. You can participate, too, by joining one of the many events happening throughout the month.

Here are just a few of the February events organized by partners of FYSB’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. Visit the full event calendar for additional details, including times and instructions for participating.

  • Loveisrespect Twitter chat series: Young people and their adult allies can join two Twitter-based conversations on healthy relationships, thanks to the national youth empowerment project loveisrespect. The first chat, scheduled for February 4, will help youth learn how to start conversations with their partners about setting healthy boundaries. A second chat on February 18 will guide participants on having difficult conversations when they feel those boundaries are being violated. Follow the hashtag #teenDVchat to participate in each event.
     
  • BlogTalkRadio program with peer educators: On February 18, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence will host an online radio show featuring young people working to end teen dating violence in their communities. Listen in as peer educators share their experiences and lessons learned to inspire and inform the next generation of youth leaders.
     
  • Webinar on modern dating culture: Before adults can empower youth to embrace healthy relationships, they need to understand their perspective. This February 25 webinar, also hosted by loveisrespect, will discuss social and cultural dating norms, as well as emerging trends, to get youth and adults on the same page.

Check out the complete event calendar. You can also read about four online resources to help prevent teen dating violence.

 

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