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National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 2013

 

Dear Colleagues,

February is National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month (TDVAM), a national effort to raise awareness about dating violence, promote programs that support young people, and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse from continuing. 

This year, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is honoring TDVAM by reaching out to young people, advocates, service providers and community partners to promote healthy communication, relationship building, and peer support.  Our efforts this year are designed to raise awareness, to help others make a difference in the lives of young people, and to help reduce the prevalence of dating violence by promoting healthy relationships.

We applaud the efforts of our grantees and colleagues to promote healthier relationships for youth, and support integrated service models as exemplified by the work of adolescent health, pregnancy prevention, and domestic violence programs. 

Staggering statistics illustrate that we all need to do more to create safe environments for young people to discuss their experiences, to raise awareness about the National Dating Abuse Helpline, and promote comprehensive community-based services. About 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who ever experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age (Centers for Disease Control, 2010 National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey). In an effort to respond to this national crisis, FVPSA grantees provided support to 13,843 youth victims of dating violence through shelter, counseling, and advocacy services in 2011.

Please use this month as an opportunity to build your knowledge, strengthen partnerships, and reflect on ways your agency can connect the young people in your programs with dating violence resources and support. We invite you to participate in several Federal awareness events this month, such as a Webinar on Promoting Healthy Relationships and Preventing Teen Dating Violence, jointly hosted by Futures Without Violence, the Office for Women’s Health, and the FVPSA Program, on February 20th. Please see the attached calendar for additional details about this and other events.  

Sincerely,


Marylouise Kelley

Director, Division of Family Violence Prevention

Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

www.acf.hhs.gov/fvpsa

You Can Help Someone Today

If you or someone you know has been the victim of dating violence, free and confidential help is available 24 hours a day through the National Dating Abuse Helpline.

•     Call 1-866-331-9474 or TTY 1-866-331-8453.

•     Seek online support at www.loveisrespect.org through the live chat feature.

•     Text ‘loveis’ directly to 77054 to begin a text chat with an advocate.

 

 

 

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