February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
In New York State and across the country, February is recognized as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. February is a good time to educate yourself and your friends of Teen Dating Violence and how you can help. See our ideas below about how you can make a difference. Use the hashtag “#ICanDoSomethingNY” to share your ideas all month long.
- Watch our “ICanDoSomethingNY” video on YouTube and share it with your friends. Raise awareness during February using one of the ideas in the video or be creative, and come up with your own!
- Check out the Resource Card (pdf) HTML (Web page) for more information about the #ICanDoSomethingNY campaign and statistics about Teen Dating Violence.
- #tdvcandyhearts – Our Candy Hearts campaign encourages teens and adults alike to share their pledge to end Teen Dating Violence using social media. You can help by downloading, printing and displaying the poster shown below, and by sending a candy heart.
- Say something – Use your social media accounts to tweet or post facts about dating violence and to suggest ways friends can get involved. Post the web banner below as a picture, share the link to our teen website , or tweet about the month.
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”
- #orange4love - Turn your school, community, and social media accounts orange for love during February. Wear orange all month long or pick one day to wear orange shirts, nail polish, ribbons, hair extensions, face paint, shoelaces, or anything else. Post your orange activities on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtags #orange4love and #nysorange.
- #dontdonothing - All year long, choose to speak up against any acts of dating abuse 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.
- Proclamation (pdf) HTML (Web page) – Consider requesting a proclamation from your local elected officials; see our sample for possible ideas.
- Web banner – Download the Respect Love, Love Respect web banner announcing Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
Put it on your Facebook page (or make it your profile picture), attach it to your e-mail signature, or send it to your friends and family. Ask your school to post it on their website and include it in their newsletter.
- Get your schools and community involved – There are many ways in which schools or youth programs can raise awareness of teen dating violence. See a listing of suggestions or come up with your own!
- Want more facts about Teen Dating Violence? - Learn more about the problem of teen dating violence. Read statistics in the Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet (printer-friendly/pdf).