Sponsor: Break the Cycle. About 1 in 10 teens who have been on a date have also been physically abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the last year. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. You can make a difference: Encourage schools, community-based organizations, parents, and teens to come together to prevent teen dating violence. We can use this month to raise awareness about teen dating violence and take action toward a solution — both at home and in our communities. This toolkit is full of ideas to help you take action today.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month — STAND!
Teen Dating Violence
Madigan urged teens, parents and educators to take the time to learn how to recognize the signs of dating violence and abuse so they can help prevent it or stop it from escalating. Madigan said teens should realize that dating violence often involves more than just physical abuse. It can be yelling, threatening, incessant name calling, extreme jealousy, constant telephone calling or paging and even sexual abuse. Almost any tactic used by one person in a relationship to control his or her partner can constitute dating abuse or violence, she said. The kit offers advice for victims of abuse and recommendations for teachers and counselors. Madigan said domestic violence affects women of all ages and can happen in all kinds of relationships.
Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about relationships, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse. For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse.
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