Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national effort in the United States to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. Because everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship.
DID YOU KNOW:
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
89% of college students report that they are not confident in their ability to recognize the warning signs of dating abuse.
- Explore the 10 signs of an unhealthy relationship (and 10 signs of a healthy one) from One Love Foundation.
1 in 3 teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.
- If you work with youth: equip yourself! DATING MATTERS is a free, online 60 minute course that walks through warning signs and consequences of teen dating violence, as well as ways to promote healthy relationships.
Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.
- Know the resources. If you or someone you know needs help:
• loveisrespect provides highly trained peer advocates to offer support and information
- Chat at www.loveisrespect.org
- Text loveis to 22522*
- Call 1-866-331-9474
• The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages.
- Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
(Sources: http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/dating-violence-statistics/; https://www.breakthecycle.org/learn-about-dating-abuse)
Empowering teen girls is a crucial part of the battle against relationship violence. Learn more about Leagues across the Association working to promote youth self-esteem and healthy relationships below and on our blog.