February is a month of many causes that deserve support and recognition. The most common accolade that February houses is likely its claim as Black History Month, but a shared cause for the month is that it also houses Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month). Teen DV Month is dedicated to teen and 20-something relationships and preventing violence within them. Dating violence is much more common than many realize. In fact, one in three teens in the United States experience physical, sexual, or mental abuse within a relationship by the time they reach adulthood.
February is dedicated to decreasing this statistic nationally by encouraging people to participate in and host activities to promote programs in support of young people and encourage communities to prevent this form of abuse.
Loveisrespect.org has created an initiative for the 2017 Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month called Love is Respect. The site encourages social media following to stay up-to-date on goings on throughout the month and encourages everyone around the world to wear orange on February 14, 2017, in honor of Teen DV Month. It’s called Wear Orange Day and is promoted nationally.
For more information, to follow the blog, or to join their social media account and find hashtags, visit http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/teendvmonth/ .