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Teen Dating Violence Awareness month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Violence is still a large problem in modern society today, and a lot of the time it will go unsaid. This issue spans far and wide too, from adults to children, and is prevalent in relationships. During the month of February, organizations are putting their front foot towards inspiring teens who may be in harmful relationships to reach out, as well as providing them and anyone interested with information about what a healthy relationship entails.

Some Information on Teen Dating Violence

Every year in the United States, approximately 1.5 million high school encounter physical abuse from a partner they are involved with.[2] Adding to that, 3 in 4 parents have never had a conversation about domestic violence with them.[2] Children learn a lot from their parent or guardians, and it is important that they have these lessons instilled in them early on, when it is easier for habits to be formed.

Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners.[2] This happens in many different ways, and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence defines those ways as such:

  • Verbal
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Digital

TDV can occur anywhere and is not limited to certain groups or cultures, it is all-inclusive.[2] “Although the dynamics of teen dating violence can share similar characteristics as adult domestic violence, the experience and challenges in finding or giving services make the problem of TDV unlike any other.[2]

Action Items

Fortunately, several organizations, such as loveisrespect.org, are taking a stand in this situation and trying to spread awareness about this issue. Not only that, they are encouraging those involved in harmful relationships to also take a stand. There are a few campaigns running for this cause right now that are designed to provide an easy way to speak up.

Some slogans made into hashtags (to post on social media) from loveisrespect.org are as follows: #HandsUnite, #DoYourPart #RespectWeek2018, #loveisrespect, #loveisrespectofficial #teenDVmonth, #orange4love. When these hashtags are used in a post on social media, this creates a link to the post. For instance, whenever I search the hashtag #HandsUnite on social media, I will find all related posts that used that specific hashtag within them. This way if you are interested in learning more, there is a dedicated space for his topic.

Adding to the several campaigns available for those whose lives have been touched by TDV, there is a program called: “Ask an Advocate”.[1] This helpful program is a place where those who have questions on the subject can get dedicated answers from someone who has a lot of knowledge on the issue. Those who are interested can put: “Teen DV Month” in the title, and then send over their questions via Facebook, Twitter and several other social media accounts. There is even a dedicated ‘Ask an Advocate’ page outside of social media where a lot of the questions and answers are displayed, as well as background info on the advocates who are available to help out.

There are many other ways that interested organizations are taking to give TDV victims a voice. Some of these include designating orange as the signature color of teen dating violence, and putting together a respect week guide that provides many resources on TDV, and what it means to be in a healthy relationship. Loveisrespect.org has even showcased events and blog posts about the issue. Take a stand with these organizations and help spread the word about teen dating violence today!

 

References:

1) Loveisrespect.org. (2018). “Teen DV Month 2018”. Retrieved from: http://www.loveisrespect.org/teendvmonth/ .

2) National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. (2017). “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month”. Retrieved from: https://nrcdv.org/dvam/tdvam .

3) Healthfinder.gov, Break the Cycle. “Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month”. Retrieved from: http://www.breakthecycle.org/ .

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