It’s official: February is ‘National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.’

This year the entire month of February is dedicated to raising awareness about dating violence: Senator Mike Crapo-R (ID) and Senator Lieberman-I (CT) have introduced a resolution proclaiming February 2010 as the first ‘National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.’

One in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth.

The resolution supports community efforts that empower teens to develop healthier relationships, and calls on parents, schools and community members to observe the month with consciousness-raising activities that can go a long way toward preventing teen dating violence.

At press conference last week announcing the unanimous passage of the Senate resolution, Senator Mike Crapo said, “We intend to increase our focus on stopping this form of domestic violence against all victims by expanding this national awareness to a full month, and repeat our call to protect federal dollars designated to help all victims of domestic violence.”

Get involved. Speak out. And encourage your community to take a stand against dating violence!

More information:

Resolution S.373:  National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

MTV/ AP Research Study on Dating Abuse

Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet

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