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01/02/2011

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

What’s Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month?

 Like Chris Brown and Rhianna, there are many stories in the news about couples experiencing dating abuse.

  • Every year approximately one in four adolescents reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.

  • One in five teens in a serious relationship reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.

  • Teen dating violence runs across race, gender, and socioeconomic lines. Both males and females are victims, but boys and girls are abusive in different ways:

    • Girls are more likely to yell, threaten to hurt themselves, pinch, slap, scratch, or kick;

    • Boys injure girls more severely and frequently;

    • Some teen victims experience violence occasionally;

    • Others are abused more often…sometimes daily.
      “Teen Victim Project,” National Center for Victims of Crime, http://www.ncvc.org/tvp, (Last visited 10/5/04).

Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort during the month of February to raise awareness about abuse in youth relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

The effects of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout the month of February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about healthy relationships, teach healthy relationship skills and how to prevent or escape the devastating cycle of abuse.

The History of Teen DATING VIOLENCE Month

The Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Initiative was spearheaded by teenagers across the nation who chose to take a stand and put a end to teen dating violence. In 2005, the importance of addressing teen dating violence was highlighted by its inclusion in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

 Now supported by dozens of national, state and local organizations, the call to end teen dating violence was formally recognized by Congress in 2006. At that time, both Houses of Congress declared the first full week in February “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.”

The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end teen dating violence. Both Chambers of congress declared the first full week in February “National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week.” Then in 2010, Congress began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

Now in its second year, Teen DATING VIOLENCE Month is celebrated by leaders in government, student bodies, schools, youth service providers, community-based organizations, parents and more.

Join us in promoting awareness of and preventing teen dating violence.

Getting Help

  •  National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline | 1-866-331-9474 | 1-866-331-8453 TTY |
  • Dating Violence Resource Center
  • Girls Incorporated National Resource Center is a national youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. 441 West Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Phone: 317-634-7546 Fax: 317-634-3024 Email: girlsinc@girls-inc.org Website: www.girlsinc.org
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of personal and societal violence in the lives of battered women and their children. Teen Dating Violence Project, PO Box 18749, Denver, CO 80218 Phone: 303-839-1852 Fax: 303-831-9251 Website: http://www.ncadv.org
  • Rape Abuse Incest National Network. (RAINN), 24 Hours: 1-800-656-HOPE – The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network will automatically transfer the caller to the nearest rape crisis center, anywhere in the nation. It can be used as a last resort if people cannot find domestic violence shelter.
  • National Hopeline Network 24 hours, 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433). The National Hopeline Network provides suicide crisis and domestic violence service referrals for teens. Callers are automatically routed to the closest certified crisis center
  • You can also check to see what resources your local YMCA has to offer.

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    Comment by Susan @ Amour Dating Websites — 18/04/2011 @ 7:38 AM

    • It’s Sad..but true
      Just like the expance of High Tech Bulleying

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  8. All violence make me sick!

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    Comment by Greger — 29/04/2011 @ 7:59 AM


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