Teen Dating Violence Month
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the dangerous repercussions of teen dating violence for young people, their families, and their communities. Through various initiatives, the Department of Justice works to increase understanding of teen dating violence and support prevention and intervention programs.
President Obama issued a proclamation in honor of the month highlighting the need for programs focused on prevention. "To help stop abuse before it starts, mentors and leaders must stress the importance of mutual respect and challenge representations in popular culture that can lead young people to accept unhealthy behavior in their relationships," President Obama said.
The National Institute of Justice has been a leader in conducting research to better understand the causes and consequences of teen dating violence. Through grant opportunities, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention assists communities in combating teen dating violence. The Office on Violence Against Women also provides grant opportunities to organizations that provide services to victims of dating abuse and are committed to raising awareness of the issue.
If you are a victim of dating violence, please call 1–866–331–9474 or visit www.loveisrespect.org/.