February is for love, chocolate, flowers and... dating violence awareness.
Yes, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It's more common than you may think and it can take many forms. Dating abuse is when one partner acts in a way that exerts power and control over another. It includes physical and sexual violence, as well as bullying, stalking and online harassment. According to the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 teens in the U.S. has experienced “physical, sexual, verbal, or emotional abuse from a dating partner.” Help is available, whether for you or a friend. Local resources are listed on the Life section of Evolver and Colorado Crisis Services is available to help 24/7.
Break the Cycle is a national organization devoted to helping teens have healthy relationships and creating a culture without abuse. Their 2018 theme for Dating Violence Awareness Month is Healthy Me, Healthy We! a journey of self-love, strength, and positivity. The goal is to show teens 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.”
Want to learn more about dating violence, healthy relationships and love for yourself? Check out these titles.
- Friendship, Dating, and Relationships
- What Does Consent Really Mean?
- Sexual Assault: The Ultimate Teen Guide
- Helping a Friend in an Abusive Relationship
- Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously You
- Stuff That Sucks: A Teen's Guide to Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can
- How to Like Yourself: A Teen's Guide to Quieting Your Inner Critic and Building Lasting Self-Esteem
- Break These Rules : 35 YA Authors on Speaking Up, Standing Out, and Being Yourself
Visit breakthecycle.org to learn more about Teen Dating Violence Month.