Teen dating violence is a widespread issue that can lead to serious short- and long-term effects.
Victims are often more likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety, think about suicide, and engage in unhealthy behaviors, like using tobacco, drugs, and alcohol.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week is a great time to organize your own awareness-raising event.
Break the Cycle is proud to offer all the tips and tools you need to get started. Make a resolution this year to join the movement against domestic violence.
Identifying teen dating violence is key to breaking the cycle.
Congress declared the entire month of February to be National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month four years later in 2010.
Senator Crapo called dating violence "a cruel reality for many American teens" and went on to declare, "We must teach our children what it means to have healthy relationships...
This annual effort helps communities across the nation raise awareness...
It is important that teens who experience dating violence seek help soon after so they can receive services to protect against the potential psychosocial impacts of violence and reduce the likelihood of future violence.
With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Dating Abuse Helpline launched to help make vital resources accessible to teens experiencing dating violence.