It’s official: February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which urges the entire country to get on board with JWI’s year-round mission to empower girls, raise awareness about abuse and ultimately break the cycle of domestic– and dating – violence.
Here’s a taste of JWI’s goings-on around TDVAM:
- JWI had a hand in writing the Senate Dating Violence Resolution, S.Res.32, which passed in the last week of January.
- Our National Alliance will host a special webinar February 3rd: “Teens Trafficked in the U.S.: How You Can Help.”
- Two of our Life$avings® Financial Literacy for Young Women workshops will be presented at the University of Georgia the first week of February, presented in partnership with Sigma Delta Tau sorority.
- We are co-sponsoring a community program in Cleveland, Ohio with the Jewish Family Service Association: If you’re in the area, join us at Expect Respect, Tuesday, February 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. You can register online at www.jfsa-cleveland.org.
- JWI is speaking out – literally: Deborah Rosenbloom, our director of programs, will be a featured speaker at a Human Rights Watch film festival panel, February 9th at the West End Cinema in Washington, DC. She will be answering questions about IVAWA and the ongoing need to raise the profile of global violence against women girls, following a screening of the new documentary Pushing the Elephant.
- JWI is co-hosting a Capitol Hill briefing February 10th: Teen Dating Violence Prevention: Why Middle School Matters. Our co-hosts include the Family Violence Prevention Fund, Break the Cycle, MTV, Liz Claiborne, Inc., the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline and several members of Congress.
- On February 27th, our executive director, Lori Weinstein, will keynote the Sigma Delta Tau leadership conference in Baltimore.
- Our popular and groundbreaking healthy relationship curriculum, When Push Comes to Shove… It’s No Longer Love!®, is even more widely embraced since our January “push” to get the newly-revised program out to communities nationwide.
So what can you do? Check out JWI’s website for advocacy initiatives and programs on healthy relationships and financial literacy that you can bring to your community. The Liz Claiborne Foundation and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline are both dedicated partners in the mission to end violence; their sites are rich with information and events. And contact us at programming[at]jwi.org to let us know what you’re doing to confront dating abuse in your community!