Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about the impacts of dating abuse and encourage communities to support teens and young adults in seeking healthy relationships. Though these conversations are important to have year-round, February gives us the opportunity to shine a light on dating abuse and inspire conversations about healthy relationships in order to stop violence before it starts. How will you take action to prevent dating violence?
1 in 3 young people will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with. Everyone deserves a healthy relationship. Here are 4 ways you can take action to prevent dating violence and promote healthy relationships this February:
Participate in Wear Orange Day on Tuesday, February 9thto raise awareness about dating violence and promote healthy relationships.Post a picture of you in your orange on social media and include statistics, relationship red flags, andgreen flags, or finish the statement “I Wear Orange Because…”.
Take the#WhatAboutLove pledgeto end dating violence. Share the pledge on social media to encourage other to do the same. Don’t forget to use #WhatAboutLove and #StopTheHurt!
Spread awareness about relationship abuse. Have conversations about healthy and unhealthy behaviors in relationships, share resources, empower teens and young adults with information to build healthier relationships. Let others know that everyone deserves safe, healthy, happy relationships.
Kiara is a full-time cat lady with a passion for social justice. At HCWC, she is the Primary Prevention Coordinator – facilitating conversations with adolescents and adults on fostering healthier relationships and ways to make the world a safer, more equitable place. Kiara is a proud alum of Texas State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology. Her passions include social change, youth activism, LGBTQ activism, and crafting. She doesn’t like taking pictures, but she does love Bitmojis.