Dating abuse prevention month
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.
In 2010, Congress announced that the entire month of February would be deemed National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. We’ll be posting ideas all throughout the month for what you can do to get involved.If we feel comfortable talking about healthy relationships, then we will be empowered to be respectful partners and speak out when things aren’t right.If we know what resources are available, then we can guide a friend or even ourselves to help if and when we need it. In the 1980s, domestic violence advocates nationwide began uniting to end abuse against women and children during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Teens have their own unique challenges when it comes to dating abuse.Dating abuse is a pattern of abusive behaviors -- usually a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time -- used to exert power and control over a dating partner.
Every relationship is different, but the things that unhealthy and abusive relationships have in common are issues of power and control.
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