Dating violence is more common than people think, especially among teens and young adults: one in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.
Every February, young people and their loved ones join together across the country for a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long push focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts.
Adolescents in abusive relationships often carry these unhealthy patterns of violence into future relationships. Indeed, children who are victimized or witness violence frequently bring this experience with them to the playground, the classroom, later into teen relationships and, ultimately, they can end up the victims and perpetrators of adult intimate partner violence.
Take the Pledge
to respect myself and all relationships-online and in person. I understand that healthy relationships are free from pressure, control, and threats. I will trust my instincts and tell someone I trust if someone disrespects me.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Save the Dates!
February 1 – Announcement & Pledge Day
Nationally, the month of February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. In fact, 1 in 3 high school students reports experiencing physical or sexual violence by a dating partner. Please join Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County in creating awareness for teen dating violence and take a pledge to stand against further acts of dating violence among young people.
February 7-13 is Respect Week
Respect is a piece of the foundation for any healthy relationship. Healthy relationships are free from control, pressure and harm. With respect, also comes self-respect. Showing respect to yourself and others is a healthy start to any relationship. Join DVS and others this week to see respect in a different way.
- February 9 is Wear Orange Day
Orange is the color for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The color orange is used to create and spread awareness about teen dating violence. In fact, one in ten high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. It is important to spread awareness and knowledge because this can affect our friends, clients, family members, etc. Please join DVS in spreading awareness by wearing the color orange on February 9th. You can share picture and use hashtags #orange4love
Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County continues to offer several different prevention education programs for the high school age level:
DVS collaborates with schools, after-school programs, churches, and youth agencies to offer healthy, non-violent relationship education in the community. Our programs include classes for children, teens, college students, and parents. For more information, click here.
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Are you a survivor of domestic violence, or the surviving family member of a victim, and want to share your personal story to help advocate for others? Share your story: CLICK HERE.
- 2021 Respect Week Guide
- 2021 Action Guide
- 2021 Social Media Promotion Guide
- Teen DV Stats Graphics
- Teen DV Definition Graphics
- Teen DV Words of Action Graphics
- Warning Signs (.pdf)
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month – love is respect
- Teen DV – Resources for Young Adults
- Teen DV – February Events flyer (8.5×11)
- Teen DV – February Events Poster (11×17)
- Selfie Signs (8.5×11)
- loveisrespect.org: offers information, resources, quizzes, and ways to get involved for young people like you
- breakthecycle.org: offers information and ways to get involved for young people like you
- thatsnotcool.com: offers ways to get involved and apps for more information for young people like you
- athinline.org: offers information specifically on digital abuse and ways to get involved for young people like you
- futureswithoutviolence.org: offers information, resources, quizzes, and ways to get involved for anyone
If you want to call and talk to someone
- Domestic Violence Services Hotline: 717-299-1649
- Love is respect Hotline (13-26yo): 1-866-331-9474
- National Domestic ViolenceHotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
If you prefer to text someone
- Domestic Violence ServicesTextline: Text ‘SAFE’ to 61222
- Love is respect Textline (13-26yo): Text ‘LOVEIS’ to 22522
If you want to download an app for safety
- myPlan App: offers quizzes and information on safety planning
- R U Safe? App: offers a quiz to assess danger level then connects you to local resources
If you want more information about dating violence
- Loveisrespect.org: offers information, resources, quizzes, and ways to get involved for young people like you
- Breakthecycle.org: offers information and ways to get involved for young people like you
- Thatsnotcool.com: offers ways toget involved and apps for more information for young people likeyou
- Athinline.org: offers information specifically on digital abuse and ways to get involved for young people like you
- Futureswithoutviolence.org offers information, resources,quizzes, and ways to get involved for anyone
You Are Not Alone.
Talk to one of our advocates
Call 24/7 at 717-299-1249 or text SAFE to 61222
About Domestic Violence Services (DVS) of Lancaster County
Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County, a program of the Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County, is a catalyst to eliminate domestic violence through direct service, advocacy, and social change. Over the past forty-three years, 75,593 survivors of abuse have received 379,513 nights of shelter and 572,050 hours of counseling, among other supportive services. DVS hosts regular community education and prevention sessions for many agencies, schools and faith-based organizations. For more information, visit https://CAPLanc.org/DVS
About the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County
The Community Action Partnership is Lancaster County’s largest anti-poverty organization, helping low-income families move toward financial empowerment. CAP’s service profile interrupts generational poverty with programs that support families and individuals at every age and place in life, in the areas of education and child development, health and nutrition, household stability and safety and empowerment. For more information, visit www.caplanc.org.