How do I start a conversation about teen dating violence?

Posted: February 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

By Hanna Munin

Because this month is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we have been talking about raising awareness among friends and families. However it can be difficult to bring up awareness in a comfortable, non-awkward way at times. Here are some ideas about how to bring up statistics and quick facts about dating violence to bring awareness among your peers for TDVAM.
    One thing to do is to wear a purple ribbon or a noticeable purple garment. Purple is the symbolizing color of dating violence awareness. When someone mentions something about your purple ribbon or garment, say thank you of course, and then bring up why you are wearing that garment. Share with them that it is TDVAM and this is a time to bring awareness to the prevalence of dating abuse in society.

Another thing to do is to really take the opportunity to be aware of a relationship that you may be in or a relationship of a friend or family member and evaluate the healthiness of the situation. By talking to a partner about how it is TDVAM, bring up some fundamentals to a healthy relationship (which you can find here http://www.loveisrespect.org/is-this-abuse/types-of-abuse) and discuss what healthy relationships mean to one another. By bringing this up, you benefit yourself and your partner in a comfortable way and bring awareness about dating violence to the people closest to you.
    Something creative is making a poster about dating violence and TDVAM for your place of work or school. On a poster, you can include quick facts like “1 in 3 teens experience dating violence”, resources in your local area for finding out more about dating abuse, like SafePlace’s hotline (512-267-SAFE), or encouraging a “Go Purple” Friday. Keep up the good work of making aware the prevalence of dating abuse in our society for this TDVAM!

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