Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month




February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) and it gives us the opportunity to shed light on one of the most devastating, but often hidden, dangers that our young people face. Despite the fact that 1 in 3 teens will experience dating abuse, only 25% of parents talk to their kids about relationships. Use this month as an opportunity to talk with teens about what love really is, how to treat friends and partners, and how to stay safe in relationships. Need some pointers? The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s (ICADV) Youth Council has created a wonderful resource that features tips and tools for talking with your teen. Find it at stand4respect.org.


2017 TDVAM Toolkit - Free to download and use!


To bring awareness to our community schools, our community educators have created a toolkit for schools, universities, youth groups, and more to use during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. All of the materials have been created with teens in mind, and in many cases, with the help of teens/young adults: Get the 2017 TDVAM Toolkit - Free to download and use! (Love is Respect has also created A Parent's Guide to Teen Dating Violence.This great resource is helpful for parents looking to talk to their teens or pre-teens about this tough topic.)

Our teen dating violence awareness materials, which includes the Eyes Wide Open relationship awareness© (live link) education program, received the distinction of being the only program in Northeast Indiana to be recognized by the Indiana State Department of Education as Identified Model Curricular to meet requirements under Heather’s Law (passed in 2010 by the State of Indiana). Call Jennifer Rohlf, for more information or to schedule a presentation at your school or organization, email JRohlf@ywcaerew.org or call (260) 424-4908, ext. 235.


At the YWCA we believe in the power of awareness and education to prevent Teen Dating Violence. We also believe in the power of our youth to positively impact their peers and their communities. These individuals give us hope for a future without violence. Heather’s Hope Award:

“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars”

In Memory of Heather Norris and as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, we would like to recognize a young person (under 25) who is bringing hope to the community. This individual should be someone who gives back to their community as well as promotes positive healthy relationships among their peers.

Heather's Hope Award Nomination Form


Additional resources:

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Stickers

Respect Week Guide