What is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)?
TDVAM is a national effort to raise awareness about teen dating violence during the month of February.
Congress declared the month of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in 2010.
Teen dating violence (TDV) is a type of domestic violence or intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. TDV is the use of coercive, intimidating, or manipulative behaviors to exert power and control over a partner. It can happen in person or electronically especially through-unwanted texting and social media posts. Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime. Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship—but these behaviors can become abusive and develop into serious forms of violence. However, many teens do not report unhealthy behaviors because they are afraid to tell family and friends.
Amador County declares February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!
In January, the Amador County Board of Supervisors approved a Proclamation declaring February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Click here to read the proclamation!
2023 Theme “Be About It”
This year’s theme “Be About It” It is a call to action to young people and those who support them to engage in meaningful conversations about healthy relationships and navigate what may be unhealthy or even abusive. Everyone is deserving of a healthy relationship!
Save the Dates!
The Week of February 6, 2023-Respect Week!
February 7, 2023-Wear Orange Day! Orange is the National Color for TDVAM, wear orange on February 7th, tell people why you are wearing orange and post pictures and updates on our Instagram and Facebook page!
We encourage everyone posting on social media to use the hashtags #BeAboutIt #TDVAM2023 #loveisrespect!
Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.
We need your help to spread awareness about dating abuse and let everyone know they deserve a safe and healthy relationship.
Operation Care has several programs and classes devoted to promoting healthy relationships! LEARN MORE