Every February, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) participates in and promotes Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) to bring attention to teen dating violence (TDV).
Teen dating violence is a very real issue for youth in the United States.
The theme this year is “Love = Setting Boundaries because boundaries are an important part of every healthy relationship.” To learn about the activities for Respect Week: Throughout February, the FVPSA Program’s other resource centers and grantees will be providing webinars, hosting twitter chats, and publishing blogs to promote awareness of TDV.
Topics include rethinking mandatory reporting practices, conversations with Latino parents about TDV, engaging youth at the margin and youth activism, supporting LGBTQ youth experiencing TDV, TDV from the perspective of African American males, TDV and boundary setting, and much more.
FYSB’s calendar of grantee events is available online.
I encourage you to share and join any of the events to increase your knowledge of and engage with others on teen dating violence issues.
We do this by supporting grantees that provide services to, advocate for, and promote awareness of teens experiencing abuse.
One of our Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) grantees is the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
The Hotline partners with Break the Cycle to run loveisrespect, which provides hotline, online chat, text/messaging, and other resources to address TDV.
As a part of TDVAM, loveisrespect’s National Youth Advisory Board is hosting Respect Week from February 8-12.
Additionally, we will be highlighting on our website a few FVPSA-funded state domestic violence coalitions and grantees that have exciting and innovative campaigns and programs focused on teens and healthy relationships.