February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) which gives us a chance to shed light on one of the most devastating, often hidden, dangers that our young people face.

1 in 3 teens will experience dating abuse, but only 25% of parents talk to their kids about relationships. Use this month to talk with teens about what love really is, how to treat friends and partners, and how to stay safe in relationships. 

To bring awareness to our community schools, our community educators created a toolkit for schools, universities, and youth groups to use during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. These materials have been created with teens in mind, and with the help of teens/young adults: Get the TDVAM Toolkit - Free to download and use! 

Love is Respect has also created A Parent's Guide to Teen Dating Violence. This resource is helpful for parents looking to talk to their teens or pre-teens about this tough topic.


Below is list of suggested activities that you can participate in during Respect Week, the week of February 11th to raise awareness about teen dating violence.

Day 1 - 2/11: Using Your Hands for Good 

Use your hands for a good purpose today and be productive. Create something or lend a helping hand to someone! 

Day 2 - 2/12: Orange 4 Love

Wear orange today to raise awareness! Post photos on social media & finish the sentence "I wear orange because..."

Day 3 - 2/13: Ask the YWCA

DM or @ us on any of our social media channels with your questions about teen dating & healthy relationships. 

Day 4 - 2/14: Celebrate All Love

Spread love to anyone & everyone today. Send a loving text message or write a nice note to post on someone's locker!

Day 5 - 2/15: Self Care Day

Empower yourself and do what makes you happy! Take some time out of your day to care for yourself.