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

The 2022 theme for TDVAM is:

Stop – Think – Talk – Listen

How to Participate:

Day 1 – February 7: Proclamation Day!

1 in 3 teens in the US have experienced some type of abuse in their relationships with a significant other. On this day we encourage youth to declare what they deserve and expect their relationships with others to look like.

Day 2 – February 8: Talk About It!
Talk about your Relationships with a trusted friend

Talk About It is a call to action for young people and those who support them to engage in meaningful conversations about healthy relationships and navigate what may be unhealthy or even abusive. Remember to breathe and find space to be kind to yourself.

Day 3 – February 9: Wear Orange for Love!

Orange for Love day is a day in which we wear orange to raise awareness of teen dating violence. Post a photo of you wearing orange on social media and finish the sentence, “I wear orange because…” and use the hashtags #Orange4Love, #teenDVmonth, and #stopthinktalklisten . Remember to be kind!

Day 4 – February 10: #StopThinkTalkListen Poetry Contest for Young People

Write a poem titled #StopThinkTalkListen and you could win a $25 Gift Card.

3 categories:

  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School

Contest Now Closed

Contest Rules

Day 5 – February 11: Thankful for Love!

On this day send a text to the people you love and simply say “thank you for loving me” or “I appreciate your love”.

Teen Violence PSA

Provided by: USAREC

Know the Warning Signs

Find Out How You Can Help!

Building Awareness

Self Awareness

Self-awareness is important to relationships, and it is something that you completely control. It can feel difficult and overwhelming to try and increase awareness of something that feels so automatic and deeply ingrained. It is common to experience shame around this 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.

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

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, you will continue to experience everyday challenges as you heal and rebuild self-esteem. 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.