Follow loveisrespect on social media for information and updates to share with your friends and family.Share your thoughts and what you’ve learned about teen dating violence with everyone you know by posting on social media using the hashtags: Questions will be up every Monday during the month of February. Wear Orange Day is a national day of awareness where we encourage everyone to wear orange in honor of Teen DV Month.Singer Rihanna’s abuse by boyfriend Chris Brown is just one example as then 19-year-old Rihanna made her history of physical abuse at the hands of Chris Brown known to the world. In most cases it starts much earlier before it develops into full-fledged violence, and in some tragic instances, death.A 16-year-old verbally abusing and emotionally controlling his girlfriend after class might make for a less dramatic mental image than our glamorous celebrity examples, but it doesn’t deserve our attention any less.
Teen DV Month (sometimes called TDVAM) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.
February is national Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month. We all have images that spring to mind when we think of this kind of abuse, and more than likely none of them are teenagers.
A plethora of high-profile cases, like Ray Rice, have drawn plenty of attention to adult domestic abuse, but dating violence is also increasing in severity among younger age groups.
If we fast-forward through that hallway a few years, or possibly only a few more months, the smothering might escalate into verbal abuse, with the boyfriend telling her how stupid and worthless she is – that she’s lucky that he’s dating her because no one else would, and that might further escalate to grabbing her arm hard enough to leave bruises, or hitting her.
Learn more about what teen dating violence looks like on our topics page.
Since almost half of the reported incidents of teen dating violence occurred on school grounds, let’s imagine them in the hallway between classes.