Self-Esteem

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.

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.

  • Con Mi Madre

    Con Mi MADRE (Mothers And Daughters Raising Expectations)

    The Junior League of Austin

    The Junior League of Austin reaches out to Hispanic girls and their mothers to ensure the girls continue their education following high school by going to college or serving in the military. The program has had a 74 percent success rate.

    Click here to read more >

  • GIRLSROCK!

    The Junior League of Rochester

    From budgeting and credit cards to body image and self-defense, The Junior League of Rochester’s GIRLSrock! program tackles all the issues facing at-risk teenage girls.

    Click here to read more >

  • Steppin' Out

    Steppin’ Out

    The Junior League of Pensacola

    The Junior League of Pensacola creates the Steppin’ Out program to mentor girls who are aging out of the foster care system with education and advice on applying for jobs and college, personal finance, health, etiquette, and arts and culture. 

    Click here to read more >