Young people may be survivors or perpetrators of dating violence, or they may have friends who are in abusive dating relationships. Engaging young people is key to promoting healthy dating relationships. This involves promoting values of healthy relationships, increasing awareness of dating violence, developing skills necessary to maintain safety, providing information about services available, and creating an environment where young people can reach out for help. The resources in this section are targeted specifically to young people and provide information about healthy relationships, dating violence and how to identify it, safety planning, and seeking help for abuse or for friends who are in abusive dating relationships.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAM)! Break the Cycle’s theme for this year’s TDVAM is Outrage into Action. A call for change as we recognize the 10th year of #TDVAM and say Enough is Enough! The 2020 TDVAM campaign theme from loveisrespect is #1Thing. By learning one thing about teen dating violence and sharing that with a friend, every teen can make a difference. Everyone has a part in ending dating abuse, even if that one thing seems small in the moment. Every step towards ending dating violence is an important one!
For most teens, technology plays an integral role in their day-to-day lives. Safety & Privacy in a Digital World explores ways to promote safe internet use, build healthy online communities, and promote social justice online, while addressing some of the ways that abusers misuse technology to commit gender-based violence.