Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.
There are many resources available to provide information and support to victims and assist service providers and communities to decrease the prevalence of dating violence among young people. Anyone can make this happen by raising awareness about the issue, saying something about abuse when you see it and organizing your community to make a difference. Take Action!
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month has always been driven by young people, and this year was no different. The activists in Let’s Be Real, Break the Cycle’s youth movement, wanted a theme that spoke to the importance of realizing how amazing each person is as an individual. In abusive relationships, you are often told that you are not good enough, prevented from spending your time or energy on things that matter to you, and made to feel like you are unworthy of love.
The members of Let’s Be Real want the 2018 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month theme to remind each and every one of you that you are good enough, you deserve to spend your time and energy as you wish, and you are ALWAYS worthy of a love that builds you up – especially love from yourself. When we take time to cultivate healthy love for ourselves, we can bring those positive attributes and healthy love to all of our relationships, including those with our family and friends.