Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Public Awareness

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

I can do something.


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The facts:
 White bird on yellow background representing social media communication62% of tweens (ages 11-14) say they know friends who have been verbally abused (called stupid, worthless, ugly, etc.) by a boyfriend/girlfriend. 1

Nearly one in ten teens reported they were hit, slapped or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend. 2

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26% of youth in a relationship said they experienced some form of cyber dating abuse victimization in the prior year.3

Almost 40% of teenagers were contacted by their partner electronically 10 to over 30 times an hour between 6 and 10 PM.4

What you can do:
A hand holding a blue piece of paper with a heart.  Text reads “I will talk to my friends if I see red flags in their relationships
  1. Pledge to stand up against dating abuse. It’s easy. 

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  1. Black and White sneaker with orange shoelacesWear orange all month long or pick one day to wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, jewelry, hair extensions, face paint, shoelaces or anything else. Post your orange on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter hashtagging #orange4love and #NYSorange.
  1. Orange heart with dark red outlineAll year long, choose to stand up against any abusive behavior you see, whenever you see it. Be an active bystander. If someone is being treated in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, step in. Think about telling someone you trust.  When you see people targeting someone online, don’t ignore it, at least change the subject.  Speak up. Don’t Do Nothing.
If you or a friend needs help:

NYS Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906

NYS Teen Dating Violence
Love Is Respect
It’s On US

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  1. Liz Claiborne, 2007. Tech Abuse in Teen Relationships.
  2. MMWR Vol. 61/No. 4, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States 2011.
  3. Zweig, Dank, Lachman, & Yahner, 2013. Technology, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Bullying.
  4. Liz Claiborne, Inc. , 2008.  Tween and Teen Dating Violence and Abuse Study.