What Can I Do?
Preventing unhealthy and abusive relationships starts with education. We need your help to promote safe and healthy relationships everywhere! When you actively support education and laws that protect young people against dating violence, you bring us closer to ending it. Here are ways you can help end dating abuse right now.
1. Get The Facts
Know the warning signs of dating violence. Find out if your state allows minors to obtain a protection order without parental involvement. Learn the best way to respond to a child's allegations of dating abuse.
If you're an educator, learn how to respond to an incident of abuse at school. If you're a service provider, find out what you can do to better serve young people. If you're in law enforcement, learn why people stay in abusive relationships, and what you can do to help them find safety. If you're a legal professional, see what you can do to help young people secure protective orders and live their lives after an abusive relationship.
2. Start Talking
The best way to promote healthy relationships is to start talking about them. Talk to your children, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, schools, educators and more about what healthy relationships look like and the differences between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships. If you need help getting started, we have handouts, posters, toolkits and more for your youth groups, organizations, schools, health care facilities and beyond.
3. Connect Online
Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest news and updates on dating violence laws, stories and more. Let people in your social networks know that “love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them.”
If you or someone you know is experiencing abusive behaviors, our 24 hours a day, 7 days a week hotline partnership with loveisrespect and the National Domestic Violence Hotline is always available. Call 1-866-331-9474, chat online or text "loveis" to 22522 to speak with a trained peer advocate.
4. Be An Advocate
Visit your local middle or high school and urge them to implement prevention programs and school policies vital to the positive growth of their students. Attend a school board meeting, share statistics, and meet with other parents to push schools towards adopting comprehensive dating violence curricula. Join the Love Is Not Abuse coalition, our national grassroots coalition of advocates for dating abuse education. Host a Valentine’s Anytime party and ask local media to cover your event. Write to your government officials and local community leaders. And donate to Break the Cycle -- together, we can end dating violence for good.
5. Help Someone
6. Celebrate teenDVmonth
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, or teenDVmonth. Make a difference all month long with It's Time To Talk Day, Respect Week 2016 and the National Respect Announcement, plus activities, events, letters to community officials and more.