Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is a national epidemic that effects millions of teens in the United States.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

For many teenagers, the first relationship is an exciting experience, learning to navigate the dating world. However, it’s important to establishing healthy relationships to prevent unsafe situations.

Teen dating violence (TDV) is a national epidemic that effects millions of teenagers in the US. Teen dating is considered a close relationship between two people 13-19 years old. A teen relationship is classified as violent if it includes any of the following characteristics:

  • physical violence
  • sexual violence
  • psychological abuse
  • stalking

TDV can occur in real life (face-to-face), or virtually via text and/or social media.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM). The theme for TDVAM 2021 is Know Your Worth. Know Your Worth is all about learning about healthy relationships and self-empowerment!

Teen Violence PSA

Provided by: USAREC

Self Empowerment Starts with Self-Esteem

4 Levels to Improve Self-Esteem

Negative self-esteem can easily develop into positive self-esteem by evaluating the views of the inner self. Follow the next four levels to LEVEL UP your Self-Esteem to POSITIVE:

  1. Identify the situation that is causing stress in your life.
  2. Acknowledge your thoughts about the situation.
  3. What is your Inner Self telling you about the situation that you identified?
  4. Alter negative beliefs to positive beliefs.

The way we feel about ourselves and situations, are a foreshadowing of what the outcome will be. Even if an outcome isn’t favorable, it important to forgive yourself in order to maintain a positive self-esteem.

Teen Violence PSA

Provided by: Kadena Air Base

Building Awareness

Self Awareness

Self-awareness is important to relationships, and it is something you are in complete control of. It can feel difficult and overwhelming to try and increase awareness of something that feels so automatic and deeply ingrained. It is not uncommon to experience shame around a particular survival strategy, and it takes courage to share this with your partner.

Couple Awareness

Relationships come in a whole range of different flavors and colors. Some relationships remain healthy and strong, while others end up being destructive and eventually fall apart. Still, one of the universal characteristics for a successful relationship is that the couple is willing to continually put in an effort to keep it healthy.

Build Your Level Up

Self Reliance

Emerging from an abusive relationship presents the opportunity to shift from a surviving mode to a thriving mode. During this period of transition, independence and practical everyday challenges happen while you may be rebuilding self-esteem and healing emotionally. It’s no easy task, and understanding what may lie ahead and developing a course of action can help you flourish, prosper and grow.

*Goals: Knowing how you want your future to look and understanding why you want it to look that way is a good place to start. 

*Self-Esteem-Healthy self-esteem is about being at peace with who you are and what you have to offer the world, accepting who you are and genuinely liking the person you have become. 

Remember it is better to be single than to be with the wrong person. And also remember that going solo doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. There are people in your life who will always love and support you. If you need to help, lean on those people… the way you would want them to lean on you.

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