February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. According to the Teen Dating Violence Prevention Project, "The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore - the issue affects not just youth but their families, schools and communities as well. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) brings national focus to the issue of teen dating violence, highlights the need to educate our youth about healthy relationships, raises awareness among those who care for them and provides communities with a critical opportunity to work together to prevent this devastating cycle of abuse." Their website is a great resource to find information, fact sheets and monthly campaign materials. Another great resource, the Teen dating bill of rights can be found at loveisrespect.org
Additional Online Resources
These sites contain information that can help support your advocacy efforts when working directly with teens. They also provide some content and inspiration for any education and awareness activities you have coming up!
- That's Not Cool: Has a number of interactive materials to help promote conversations about what is a healthy relationship and what is not.
- A Thin Line: Addresses "digital abuse" -- Includes helpful tips and tools to addressing abuse that can occur via our digital life (texting, messaging, social media, etc.).
- Love is Respect: Includes information on healthy relationships, collection of resources, quizzes, as well as links to support services.
- Sex, etc.: Sex education by teens, for teens. Includes information on ways that teens can take action and get involved.
- Scarleteen: A sex positive, sex education site that addresses issues of consent and discusses differences in our bodies, sexual orientation, and sexual boundaries. They also have forums for Q&A.
- Youth Experiencing SA, DV, and/or Stalking from the Resource Sharing Project
- Dating Matters is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth leaders, and others working to improve the health of teens.