Teen dating violence is a serious violation that can affect a young person’s safety, development, and sense of comfort. Perpetrated by a current or past intimate partner, dating violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and can occur in person or through electronic communication and social media. Violent dating relationships can lead to depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol use, and thoughts of suicide, and victims may continue to experience detrimental effects throughout their lives. During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we recognize the urgency needed in addressing this problem and recommit to preventing it by educating our youth about its dangers and consequences, and reaffirm the basic human right to be free from violence and abuse.
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Celebrate Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month with the NRCDV!
This February, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is committed to bringing the experiences and needs of teens from marginalized communities to the forefront and lifting up the amazing social justice work of youth leaders on the margins. These young people have unique experiences and their voices are critical to any meaningful conversation about preventing and responding to dating violence and to our overall goal of creating safe and healthy communities.
We have much to learn from youth activists – especially those on the margins – who share our commitment to social justice. Let their voices guide our efforts, and let us mindfully step back and allow them to lead.
Learn with us! This Special Announcement highlights events and resources from the NRCDV. Access and share our detailed flyer here.
by Ivonne Ortiz of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), a time when we focus our efforts to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships. Dating violence among young people is more common than we might imagine. A 2011 CDC nationwide survey found that 23% of adult females and 14% of adult males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17. Data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) revealed reporting rates among high school students of 10% for physical victimization and 10% for sexual victimization perpetrated by a dating partner in the past year. For youth of color these numbers increase. One study found that the prevalence of physical dating violence was greater among Black students (13.9%) than whites (7.0%) and Hispanics (9.3%) (CDC, 2003). Read more…
by Louie Marven of the LGBT Center of Central PA
LGBTQ youth encounter a number of barriers in accessing safe spaces. While LGBTQ youth experiences remain vastly under-researched, there are some valuable resources that shed light on school climate for LGBTQ students in middle and high schools and colleges. This research demonstrates, among other findings, that LGBTQ students experience bullying and harassment at alarming rates, especially compared to their non-LGBTQ peers.
A topic that is sometimes lost in the conversation around LGBTQ youth access to safe spaces is the topic of healthy dating relationships. This February, for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, consider how you can ensure that this topic gets the attention it deserves.
More than 1 in 5 women (22.4%) and nearly 1 in 7 men (15.0%) who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. In fact, most victims (69% of females, 53% of males) first experienced intimate partner violence before the age of 25 (CDC, 2011).
The consequences of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide come together to raise awareness of dating violence and promote healthy intimate relationships for youth. The NRCDV supports this national effort to bring visibility to youth experiences and foster positive change.
Highlighted events for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2015 from the NRCDV include:
- 2/3 @ 3pm ET: Lessons Learned from Love & Hip Hop. This BlogTalkRadio session will focus on the influence of pop culture and hip hop on youth dating relationships. Taking our cues from Love & HipHop, from NY to LA, long-time colleagues and advocates in the movement to end domestic violence, Nakia Hansen, Maurice Hendrix, and Kenya Fairley will discuss lessons learned about dating from some of VH-1’s most popular TV shows.
- 2/10 @ 7:30pm ET: #YouthLeaders Twitter Chat: We are lifting up the good work of youth leaders in our movement to end gender based violence! Follow #YouthLeaders to learn about the work of youth advocates at the community and state levels in Ohio and Idaho, to share your own contributions and youth initiatives, and to gain inspiration for moving forward together.
- 2/14: This Valentine’s Day the NRCDV will join more than one billion allies in a global movement to rise for justice and demand an end to violence against women in the One Billion Rising campaign.
Access resources to support your #TDVAM2015 efforts through the National Resource Center for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the National Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and our VAWnet Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence.
Read more: For the full issue, click here.
FOCUS ON TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent dating violence. For more information about TDVAM, visit TeenDVMonth.org, coordinated by Break the Cycle.
According to data from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), half of women experiencing intimate partner abuse for the first time are between the ages of 18 to 24, and 22% are between the ages of 11 and 17 (CDC, 2011).
This February, VAWnet is pleased to announce newly updated resources on preventing and responding to teen dating violence:
- Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence (Updated December 2011) includes information related to young people, parents and caretakers, men and boys, teachers and school-based professionals, health care professionals, and domestic and sexual violence service providers.
- Online Toolkit: Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Tookit (Updated August 2011) was developed by and for advocates, from the runaway and homeless youth and domestic violence and sexual assault fields, to help programs better address relationship violence among youth who have run away from home, are living on the streets, or are homeless.
Featured campaigns emphasizing healthy relationships: