TDVAM is an opportunity to promote healthy relationships and consent, which are key to preventing sexual violence.
At Break the Cycle, we work to not only educate but also empower young people to build healthy relationships.We use pop culture, social media, and education programs to give teenagers the information they need to learn what dating abuse is and how to see the warning signs. We define it as “a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner.” In 2012, the United States Census found that there were more than 41 million teens, making up 14 percent of the population.During Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), we aim to break the cycle of violence by providing support and services to victims, their families and their communities. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program at the Administration for Children and Families is working to bring visibility to the work of advocates, the strength of victims, and the Federal initiatives addressing this pervasive issue by hosting social media events and webinars throughout the month of February.The following activities represent just a few of the exciting ways that everyone can – and hopefully will – engage in this work: Blog! Click here to access their calendar of events (PDF, 2 pages). Everyone can make a difference by reaching out to young people in simple ways.For more information, please visit the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Women.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM).According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: Experiencing violence in youth can have long-lasting impacts, making it all the more critical to prevent violence before it occurs.By promoting social norms that protect against violence (such as bystander programs and engaging men and boys) and supporting survivors, we can lessen the impact of sexual violence and prevent future victimization (Basile et al., 2016).Girls are particularly vulnerable to experiencing violence in their relationships and are more likely to suffer long-term behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, eating disorders, and drug use.Adolescents in abusive relationships often carry these unhealthy patterns of violence into future relationships.It is a silent epidemic that may be seen through bruises and cuts or heard through yelling and screaming. So many stay silent about their abuse, not realizing that the choice to remain silent may have harsher consequences than the abuse itself.