2006, February has been observed as an important
time to raise awareness about the serious issue
of dating violence in high schools, colleges and
communities across the nation.
2008, the US Senate unanimously apporoved S. Res.
710 declaring the first week of February as "National
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention
Week," and on January 25, 2010, the Senate expanded
the observance by declaring the month of February
as "National Teen Dating Violence Awareness
& Prevention Month" (S. Res. 373). President
Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation in 2011
for National Teen Dating Violence Awareness &
there are many things that you can do to help
raise awareness about dating abuse and violence.
Here are some ideas:
Write to your Mayor and Governor and ask
them to join other leaders across the nation
in declaring February as Dating Violence
Awareness & Prevention Month. In most
cases, all it takes is a school or nonprofit
organization to request it and provide a
sample proclamation! (Please ask them to
send a copy to The EMILY Fund - PO Box 430,
Roosevelt, NJ 08555-0430, or send a scan
so that it can be posted on the internet
to inspire other communities to do the same.)
If your town or state has declared a proclamation,
let your local newspaper know about it and why
dating violence awareness is important.
Wear a purple ribbon (the official color of domestic
violence awareness) or a heart on your sleeve
(print out free designs at the Have
a Heart Campaign
website) and when people ask you about it, let
them know why dating abuse awareness is important
Create or print out posters about dating abuse
to display at school or around your community.
Participate in the National Dating Pledge Challenge
to Stop Dating Violence - hand out FREE Dating
Set up a table on campus or during lunch to hand
out Dating Pledge cards and other educational
materials about dating abuse and dating violence.
Urge your school to establish a Dating
if there isn't one already in place.
Urge your school to establish a year-round Dating
Violence Awareness education program.
Find out more about the Lindsay
Ann Burke Act requiring schools to provide
dating violence awareness resources to all students.
3 states have already passed bills - has yours?
Participate in a Healthy Relationship Peer Education
Program, or if there isn't one at your school,
work with your school or a local domestic violence
agency to establish one.
Means Know's Teen Dating Violence Month Activity
Teen Dating Violence Community Awareness Ideas
Mexico's Teen Dating Violence Awareness &
Prevention Toolkit (PDF)
Arizona's page on Teen Dating Violence Awareness
Dating Violence Prevention Initiative - Teen
Dating Violence Awareness Month
The Cycle's Have a Heart Campaign
information on this page also from:
Safe Space.org (http://www.thesafespace.org/tdvap-week/)
Utah Department of Health:http://health.utah.gov/vipp/dating%
NY State Office for the Prevention of Violence:
Printable PDF Handouts
dating violence is a reality for many youth, and
an issue that many parents are unaware of; and,
1 in 3 young people are affected by physical,
sexual, or verbal dating violence, with 1 in 5
in a serious relationship reporting having been
slapped, pushed, hit, threatened or coerced by
a partner, and breakups can be a time of even
greater risk even when a relationship was never
physically abusive; and,
Young people can choose better relationships when
they understand that healthy relationships are
based on respect and learn to identify early warning
signs of an abusive relationship; and
Elimination of dating violence must be achieved
through cooperation of individuals, organizations,
and communities; and,
Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
provides an excellent opportunity for citizens
to learn more about preventing dating violence
and to show support for the numerous organizations
and individuals who provide critical advocacy,
services and assistance to victims;
therefore be it, Resolved, That I, ________________,
do hereby proclaim the month of February, 2010,
as Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention
Month in ____________.
send a copy of your Mayor or Governor's proclamation
StopDatingViolence.org - The EMILY Fund
PO Box 430, Roosevelt, NJ 08555-0430
or send a scan to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to 1-888-247-1291