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February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month



February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Join Vera House, along with organizations and individuals nationwide, to highlight the need to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills and help prevent the cycle of abuse. 

Dating violence is a serious problem in the United States. Many teens do not report it because they are afraid to tell friends and family.

  • 72% of 8th and 9th graders reportedly “date”.1
     
  • 1 in 4 adolescents report verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner each year.1
     
  • About 10% of students nationwide report being physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend in the past 12 months.2

Do you want to learn more about teen dating violence?  You can find answers to some of the questions you may have on our Teen Page and don’t forget to take our Relationship IQ Test.  Visit our Teen Resource Page for a list of websites and books relating to the topic.

Love Is Respect is a great place to find information and resources for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  Start by downloading their 2018 Respect Week Guide

Also, follow Vera House’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages during the month of February to get more information about teen dating violence.


1. Foshee VA, Linder GF, Bauman KE, et al. The Safe Dates project: theoretical basis, evaluation design, and selected baseline findings. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 1996;12(Suppl 2):39–47.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance—United States, 2007. MMWR 2008;57(No.SS#4).