Help Stop Teen Dating Violence this February
January 29, 2015
This February, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a time to call attention to the teen dating violence epidemic and stand together against all abuse.
Dating violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. The pattern is different in every relationship, but usually escalates over time, becoming more and more dangerous.
An estimated 33% of teens will experience violence at the hands of a dating partner, yet only 1 in 3 will tell anyone about it.  Dating violence has enormous consequences: teens who experience dating violence are at a significantly higher risk for a number of health problems. 
Unfortunately, laws are often confusing, and many states lack specific legal protections for teens in abusive relationships. Through WomensLaw.org, NNEDV provides information specifically for teens, including how to help a friend or find legal information on teen dating violence.
There is so much that we can all do to help stop dating violence. Here are just a few ways you can get involved this February:
- Start a conversation about relationship health and dating violence on It’s Time To Talk Day (February 3, 2015). Find an event near you.
- Parents, kickstart your conversation with this guide from Break the Cycle.
- Join National Respect Week. Download the Respect Week 2015 Guide to find out how to get involved.
- On February 10, 2015, wear Orange 4 Love in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Share a photo on social media using these hashtags: #orange4love, #teenDVmonth, or #RespectWeek2015.
- Register for the National Respect Announcement! Join the #NationalRespectAnnouncement Thunderclap to show your support on social media.
 Love is Respect, “Dating Abuse Statistics,” http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/dating-violence-statistics
 Decker M, Silverman J, Raj A. 2005. Dating Violence and Sexually Transmitted Disease/HIV Testing and Diagnosis Among Adolescent Females. Pediatrics. 116: 272-276.