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Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week Passes Senate

National leaders are stepping up to help address teen dating violence. This week the US Senate unanimously passed a resolution making February 4-8, 2008, “National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week.” Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, a long time advocate of dating violence prevention, authored the bill.

Senator Crapo called dating violence “a cruel reality for many American teens” and went on to declare, “We must teach our children what it means to have healthy relationships… This annual effort helps communities across the nation raise awareness… and promotes prevention of this violence.”

This year will mark the third annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. In honor of the week, Break the Cycle has held conferences, increased our educational efforts, launched new programs and spoke out on the issue. This year, we hope to continue in that tradition. Look out for new publications, increased activity and more ways to get involved.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week is a great time to organize your own awareness-raising event. Break the Cycle is proud to offer all the tips and tools you need to get started. You can host a party or speak out on the issue. Make a resolution this year to join the movement against domestic violence.

-Published on December 20, 2007