In June, 2008, Liz Claiborne, Inc., released the results from a Teen Research Unlimited survey it commissioned on dating violence in teens and tweens (those aged 11 to 14).
The DVCC has two residences that provide temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) brings national focus to the issue of teen dating violence, highlights the need to educate our youth about healthy relationships, raises awareness among those who care for them and provides communities with a critical opportunity to work together to prevent this devastating cycle of abuse.
The Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Initiative was spearheaded by teenagers across the nation who chose to take a stand and put a stop to teen dating violence.
Throughout the month of February, there will be several Federal awareness events taking place to highlight the issue of teen dating violence, such as webinars or conference calls.
For a helpful introduction to the issue of teen dating violence, including how to prevent and respond to teen dating violence, visit VAWnet.org, the National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, supported by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program.
And if your teen is experiencing abuse, it’s important to know how to help.During February, follow loveisrespect, our project with Break the Cycle, for information about how to get involved during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month).Teen dating violence— also called intimate relationship violence or intimate partner violence among adolescents or adolescent relationship abuse — includes physical, psychological or sexual abuse; harassment; or stalking of any person ages 12 to 18 in the context of a past or present romantic or consensual relationship. We think it’s important to provide them with guidance and resources that help them make healthy choices and build safe, respectful relationships.With one in three teens experiencing some form of abuse from a dating partner, now is the time to have conversations about dating violence with the teens in your life.