The National Centers for Victims of Crime (NCVC) 1-800-FYI-CALL A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization supported by members, individual donors, corporations, foundations, and government grants, NCVC can help find local victim services counselors for young people in trouble.NCVC is the nation's leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them.In his Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month Proclamation President Obama called on all Americans “to stand against dating violence when we see it.” At a time when an estimated 1 in 10 teens will experience dating violence we all must take this opportunity to amplify our efforts and shine a spotlight on this important issue. Nationwide, youth age 12 to 19 experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault.Studies show that approximately 10% of adolescents report being the victim of physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner during the previous year.What Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM).Resources for teens involved in abusive relationships include the following: The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1.800.799.
Victims of teen dating violence often keep the abuse a secret.
They should be encouraged to reach out to trusted adults like parents, teachers, school counselors, youth advisors, or health care providers.
They can also seek confidential counsel and advice from professionally trained adults and peers.
Indeed, children who are victimized or witness violence frequently bring this experience with them to the playground, the classroom, later into teen relationships and, ultimately, they can end up the victims and perpetrators of adult intimate partner violence.
How Do I Participate in Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month?