Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence is as prevalent as domestic violence, with 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. experiencing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from a relationship partner before reaching adulthood.
Surprisingly, despite these statistics, a survey revealed that 81% of parents do not perceive Teen Dating Violence as a pressing issue. Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is every February and serves as a platform to illuminate this concern and urges everyone to identify the signs and take action when they witness such behavior, whether it’s happening to them or others.
The Education and Prevention team at Women In Distress is dedicated to delivering high-quality prevention education and resources to all community members. Our goal is to contribute to a violence-free world where love doesn’t hurt, and everyone experiences the safety they deserve. Our primary focus lies in providing comprehensive primary prevention education, which addresses the prevention of Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Violence. We also advocate for healthy relationships among romantic partners, friends, peers, family, and the broader community. Through prevention education, we can all cultivate the essential tools needed to practice healthy behaviors and provide empathetic support to one another.
Women In Distress and our Education and Prevention Team play a highly active role during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. We organize a range of workshops, both virtual and in-person, catering to parents, teenagers, and community partners who have direct interaction with teens. These workshops encompass engaging contests, activities, and thought-provoking prompts, all designed to involve our community and shed light on this crucial issue.
Check out what we did last year here for TDVAM, and stay tuned next February to see how you can get involved! You can follow @therelationshipspectrum on Instagram and Tik Tok for regular updates and information on domestic violence early prevention.