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?
Ways You Can Take Action
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 9th to 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, and green flags, or finish the statement “I Wear Orange Because…”.
- Take the #WhatAboutLove pledge to 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.
- Donate to or volunteer at your local crisis center or domestic violence shelter to support survivors of abuse.
There are lots of ways to learn about dating violence and healthy relationships. Here are a few places to start:
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