Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Here at YWCA Northeast Indiana, we are strong believers in the powerful role that awareness and education play in prevention. This is why we urge you to take a proactive stance during the month of February, and to engage your students and educate them about what teen dating violence looks like and the dangers associated with it.

Download our 2024 TDVAM Toolkit

Youth Education Programs

Our Community Educators present to youth in elementary, middle, and high schools on various topics including healthy relationships and bullying.

In 2023, we presented to 6,258 youth and 95% of participants who completed surveys reported an increase in knowledge.

YWCA’s Week of Empowering Love

YWCA Northeast Indiana invites you to participate in our Week of Empowering Love! Join us February 12th-16th as we share ideas and resources to promote healthy relationships amongst teens. Learn more below and find additional action items in our toolkit.

February 12th - Speak Up Day

1 in 3 teens in the US have experienced some type of abuse in their relationships with a significant other. On this day we encourage youth to speak up about who they are! Create healthy boundaries and speak up about what you deserve and expect in your relationships.

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February 13th - Focus on Safety

​​Now is the time to shine a spotlight on resources, tools, and people our youth can turn to for help. A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you’re in danger. If you’re experiencing abuse or are in an unhealthy relationship, creating a safety plan can be very helpful.

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February 14th - Celebrate Healthy Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today is not only a day to celebrate romantic love between couples, but also embrace healthy relationships between friends and family. Send a loving text message or snapchat, or write a nice note on a post-it and put it on someone’s locker or desk. Take some time today to celebrate the healthy qualities of your relationships. Know that you deserve to be loved and respected in every relationship!

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February 15th - Self Care Day

Use today to empower yourself and do what makes you happy. Maybe you can watch a movie with a friend and eat some snacks. You could try a new workout regimen or cook a new recipe. Just make sure to take some time out of the day to take care of yourself.

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February 16th - Wear Orange for Love

Orange for Love day is a day in which we wear orange to raise awareness of teen dating violence. Think about the reason you’re wearing orange. Post a photo of you wearing orange on social media and finish the sentence, “I wear orange because…” and use the hashtags #Orange4Love, #teenDVmonth, and #loveisrespect. Most importantly remember, Love is respect, not abuse!

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