February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)
During the month of February organizations and individuals alike will be raising awareness and having conversations about teen dating violence, promoting prevention, and working together to make a violence free world. This year’s national theme is “Your love is unique…with consent”, to remind everyone that your love is unique and you deserve to have your boundaries respected.
Unfortunately, teen dating violence is quite common. Statistics show that 1 in 3 teens (boys and girls, ages 12-18) will experience some form of dating abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional, sexual, financial, and/or digital abuse. Young people are especially vulnerable to dating violence as this is the time many of them are first entering relationships.
Join Women in Distress of Broward County in speaking out against Teen Dating Violence!
Here’s how you can participate this year:
- Encourage friends and family to wear orange on February 12th -“Wear Orange 4 Love Day”
- Talk to the teens around you about warning signs: breakthecycle.org/warning-signs
- Donate to Women in Distress at womenindistress.org/ways-to-donate/
- Follow us on our new Instagram page @WID_Teen for information on teen dating violence
- Schools can participate by:
- Doing morning/ afternoon announcements that focus on teen dating violence statistics and healthy relationship tips
- Creating visual awareness campaigns about healthy relationships or teen dating violence
- Having tabling events during lunch with information and interactive activities around boundaries and consent
If any school staff member is interested in the activities above, reach out to our Education and Prevention Team for more information and guidance: Quayneshia Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org and Yimalisse Nazario at email@example.com
This year, our Education and Prevention Team will be at several schools throughout Broward County talking to students about healthy and unhealthy relationships through the “Imagine… A World Where Love Doesn’t Hurt” Program (Middle School students), B.O.L.D. Program (High School students), and onetime presentations. The “Imagine” and B.O.L.D. sessions involve in-depth discussion and activities surrounding topics such as red flags and warning signs, gender stereotypes, why victims stay, how to help a friend, boundaries, consent, sexual assault, and social change. Our other onetime presentation consists of a broad overview of Teen Dating Violence to bring awareness to young people.
If you are interested in having a WID Prevention Specialist facilitate a onetime presentation, the “Imagine” program, or B.O.L.D. program for your students anytime of the year, please reach out to Quayneshia Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org for Middle School and Sharon Wong at email@example.com for High School