Send a Candy Heart
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. In the U.S. alone, approximately 1 in 3 adolescent girls (estimates up to 35%) is a victim of interpersonal violence. The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is organizing a statewide campaign to raise awareness of and prevent teen dating violence. This year our campaign, “Send A Candy Heart” uses social media to encourage teens and adults alike to send a candy heart pledging specific ways they will work to end dating violence. We will launch our campaign with Candy Hearts Day on Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Why send a heart?
Candy hearts are supposed to be fun, sweet, and good, just like healthy relationships! Too often teens receive negative messages about relationships or are with partners who tear them down. Our goal is to send messages pledging to support victims and to work to end teen dating violence. Sending a heart lets everyone on your social media accounts know you’re aware of and concerned about dating violence—also that you’re there to help if they need it.
How do I send a heart?
Just use any social media sites you choose to send a message, picture, video, or any other medium to express your pledge to end teen dating violence. Don’t forget to use the hashtag on all of your platforms: #tdvcandyhearts.
Post a picture or video: You can write a message in a heart beginning with “I will…” hold it up, take a pic, and post it with the hashtag #tdvcandyhearts.
Send a tweet to your followers:
- “I will say something if I see someone being abused by a partner. @NYSOPDV #tdvcandyhearts”
- “I will support victims of teen dating violence in my community. @NYSOPDV #tdvcandyhearts”
- “I will teach my younger siblings about healthy relationships. @NYSOPDV #tdvcandyhearts”
- Follow OPDV @NYSOPDV
- Update your status: “February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. I will talk to my friends about signs of unhealthy relationships. #tdvcandyhearts”
- Post a picture or video: You can write a message in a heart beginning with “I will…” hold it up, take a pic, and post it with the hashtag #tdvcandyhearts.
- Follow OPDV on Facebook
There are many ways you can work toward ending dating violence in your community. One way is to become an ally for victims of dating violence through bystander intervention. Another way is to raise awareness of dating violence. Sending a candy heart is a good first step—make a promise, raise awareness, and do what you can to end Teen Dating Violence.