February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!

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In New York State and across the country, February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. That makes February the perfect time to learn more and talk about this important issue with friends and family.  Here are some links to some pages with information and ideas on how to get involved. Be creative!  You can make a difference!

Proclaim the Month

Consider requesting a proclamation (text) from your local elected officials as Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has done for New York State.

Web banner

Download the Respect Love, Love Respect web banner announcing Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Put it on your Facebook page (or make it your profile picture), attach it to your e-mail signature, or send it to your friends and family. Ask your school to post it on their website and include it in their newsletter.

Hands holding green paper with a heart. Text reads “I will tell someone if I see a classmate being abused by a partner at school.” #tdvcandyhearts“Candy Hearts Day 2014” Teen Dating Violence Campaign”

The “Candy Hearts Day 2014” Teen Dating Violence Campaign launched on February 6, 2014 by OPDV encourages teens and adults alike to share their pledge to end Teen Dating Violence using social media.  You can help by downloading, printing and displaying the poster shown below, and by sending a candy heart.

Say something on Social Media

Use your accounts to tweet or post facts about dating violence and to suggest ways friends can get involved.  Post the web banner above as a picture, share the link to our teen website, or tweet about the month.

Send a tweet to your followers
  • “I will say something if I see someone being abused by a partner. @NYSOPDV #tdvcandyhearts”
  • “I will support victims of teen dating violence in my community.  @NYSOPDV #tdvcandyhearts”
  • “I will teach my younger siblings about healthy relationships.  @NYSOPDV #tdvcandyhearts”
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OPDV’s “This Isn’t Love” teen dating violence awareness poster (high-resolution pdf - 607kb) can be printed in color on 8-1/2” x 11” paper and posted throughout the school.  Other sizes:

Get your schools and community involved

There are many ways in which schools or youth programs can raise awareness of teen dating violence. See a listing of suggestions or come up with your own!

Want more facts about Teen Dating Violence?

Learn more about the problem of teen dating violence. Read statistics in the Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet (printer-friendly/pdf).