What is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?
This year, President Barack Obama declared February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. He said "the consequences of dating violence -- spanning impaired development to physical harm -- pose a threat to the health and well-being of teens across our Nation, and it is essential we come together to break the cycle of violence that burdens too many of our sons and daughters.." He called upon all Americans to "support efforts in their communities and schools, and in their own families, to empower young people to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives and to engage in activities that prevent and respond to teen dating violence"
For this month, Day One has committed to reaching out to young people through various online to spread awareness about this critical issue. But our work continues throughout the year. Read about Day One's efforts since 2003 here.
How can you get involved?
Number one? Know the facts. Click here to read some important statistics about teen dating violence in New York City and across the country.
Do you love safe love? Post the "I <3 Safe Love" badge to your social networks, blog or website and show the world you support safe and healthy futures for teens. Just right-click the image, save and post!
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Learn about how the government and organizations like Day One have worked to end dating violence in the United States. Check out and share the infographic "Ending Dating Violence: Two Decades of Progress in the United States" below. This infographic is available in JPEG and PNG format. Download a high-resolution version here.
Want to know how we created this infographic? Click here for the references we used to create it.
Spread awareness among your social networking communities. We created a list of status updates you can use for every day in February: 29 Updates in 29 Days. Click here or on the image to get a copy! Happy updating!
Check out our "FACT or FICTION: Myths About Dating Abuse" video campaign where our community educator Claudia dishes out the real deal on love, relationships and your rights. This campaign is exclusively on Facebook so make sure you "Like" us on our Facebook Page before the first myth is posted on Monday, February 6!
Awareness can come at the touch of a button. Like us on facebook.com/DayOneNY or follow us on Twitter at @DayOneNY and get regular updates about the issue and what Day One is doing to keep New York City and beyond a place of safe love for teens!