Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) is held throughout the month of February as a way to bring together teens and those who support them in a national effort to raise awareness to teen dating violence. Teen dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual, and includes stalking. It can occur in person or electronically, which includes texting, social media, and other online applications. Organizations and schools throughout the USA put forth efforts to raise awareness every February to make a difference to end dating violence before it gets started.
As a way to build solidarity and support around teen dating abuse, this year, theme is #1Thing, “One Thing” or “Hashtag One Thing,” This year campaign is focused on meeting teens where they are, learning one thing about teen dating violence and starting a conversation with teens about healthy relationships in efforts of ending dating abuse.
According to loveisrespect.org, 2020, “Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence. It just recognizes that dating violence usually involves a series of abusive behaviors of a course of time.”
Teen dating violence is more common than we would like to believe. It is projected that one in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. And nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors.
So for the month of February, let’s unify our voices about teen dating violence and raise collective awareness about related issues at hand.