What Can I Do?
We need your help to promote safe and healthy relationships everywhere! Your support brings us closer to ensuring every young person is aware of dating violence and knows how to prevent and end it. Here are ways you can help end dating abuse right now:
1. Get The Facts
Do you know the warning signs of dating violence? Are you sure your state allows minors to obtain a protection order without parental involvement? How would you respond to a child’s allegations of dating abuse? If you’re an educator, how would you respond to an incident of abuse at school? Find out the answers to these and more.
2. Start Talking
Raising awareness of dating violence is the first step towards ending it. And the best way to promote healthy relationships is to start talking about them.
Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, schools, educators and more about what healthy relationships look like and the differences between healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships. We have everything your youth groups, organization, school, health care facility or more could want. Get handouts, posters, toolkits and more.
If you live in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma or Texas, loveisrespect and Blue Cross Blue Shield have partnered to create the Start Talking campaign, a new dating violence prevention curriculum. Sign up for your free toolkit!
3. Connect Online
4. Be An Advocate
Visit your local school and urge them to implement prevention programs and school policies vital to the positive growth of their students. Join the Love Is Not Abuse coalition, the 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
Get materials, watch videos, take the dating pledge or volunteer to help with loveisrespect. Start by learning more about dating basics, types of abuse and how to get help. Still have questions? Ask a peer advocate for help for yourself, a family member, friend or client.
6. Celebrate teenDVmonth
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Make a difference all month long with It’s Time To Talk Day, Respect Week 2014 and the National Respect Announcement, plus activities, events, letters to community officials and more.