DatingViolence Abuse Prevention
Week February 6-12,
Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and
Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in
teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it
during the month of February.
Congress followed the lead of dozens of
national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end
dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February
"National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week." Then in
2010, Congress began dedicating the entire month of February to teen
dating violence awareness and prevention.
– Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has officially proclaimed February 2012 to be
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in New York State.
Please note: The above link goes to the 2011 Proclamation.
The 2012 Proclamation will be posted when it becomes available.
Facebook Twitter the cause or with any other
network you might be involved with.
* Begin education on social network.
How? Writing Testimonials, blogging. Placing a picture of you and your
friends wearing purple and red or just yourself. Then on your status,
Say Something like Hands are for holding, Not Hitting! Dating Violence
Abuse Prevention Week is February 6-12 Support our cause by pressing
* Make creative events, poetry slam,
teen dating violence monologues, dancing and music talent shows. Art
shows, photography gallery, the sky is the limit.
* Another important move is media, let
others know what you are doing in your community through the media, TV,
radio, News Paper. What events you are doing and what you are trying to
"The schools play an important role when it comes
down to protecting children against violence. Violence is one of the
principal reasons why children don't go to school. It's also one of the
causes of the alarming school dropout rates."
Violence is a difficult subject for many to talk
about. But domestic violence is an especially hard
subject for young men to discuss. While the U.S.
Department of Justice reports that more than 85% of
all relationship abuse victims are female and most
abusers are male, men, too, can be victims of
In society, boys are surrounded by messages telling
them to "be a man," "be strong," "don't cry," "be in
control," and "know how to fight." But it is
important for young men to know that they can stop
violence in dating relationships.
When kids see friends act abusively and don't speak
up, it shows abusers that their behavior is okay.
Abusers may not realize that their behavior is
inappropriate. It is important for kids to get
involved and speak out against violence they
Some dating 101
Ten Warning Signs of Abuse
While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten of the most common abusive behaviors:
Checking your cell phone or email without permission
Constantly putting you down
Extreme jealousy or insecurity
Isolating you from family or friends
Making false accusations
Physically hurting you in any way
Telling you what to do
* Get accountability partner when you begin
to date and speak to that person about the relationship. This should be
someone you trust and can confide in.
you are in a dating relationship that feels threatening, uncomfortable,
tense, or even frightening, trust your feelings. Reach out to a trusted
adult or call the 24-hour, toll-free, all-language New York City
Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-621-HOPE (4673) or the multi-lingual
Youthline at 800-246-4646 to speak to a trained advocate. Victims of
abuse who have been sexually assaulted should also call the Rape/Sexual
Assault/Incest Hotline to speak with a trained advocate at 212-227-3000.