Everyone has the right to a relationship that is safe, respectful, and healthy. And yet, violence in teen relationships is more common than many people believe.
One in three teenagers in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in a relationship before they become adults. It’s incredibly important that teens have the resources and knowledge they need to set boundaries, recognize the warning signs of abuse, and form healthy relationships.
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (Teen DV Month), a national effort to raise awareness about healthy relationships and dating abuse. Teen DV Month includes Respect Week, February 13-17, and Wear Orange Day on February 14.
This Teen DV Month, the library is partnering with Empowerhouse to share teen resources about dating violence. Visit the Howell Branch for information about Empowerhouse and teen dating violence, to check out books on teen dating and relationships, and to see a display of t-shirts made by teen survivors for The Clothesline Project.
For teen books that address dating abuse, here is a list of recommended titles: Teen Dating Violence.
If you or someone you know has a question about a relationship, healthy or unhealthy:
Empowerhouse and 24/7 Hotline
empowerhouseva.org or 540-373-9373 or 877-734-7238
Local nonprofit providing domestic and dating violence assistance in Frederericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George, and Caroline. The hotline is free and confidential, providing 24/7 assistance in English and Spanish.
Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health: Healthy Relationships
Federal resources on healthy relationships and dating violence, including updated studies and parenting supports.
National Dating Abuse Hotline and Love is Respect
loveisrespect.org or 1-866-331-9474 or text loveis to 22522
Offers support, information, and advocacy to teens for preventing and ending abusive relationships. Trained staff members provide free and confidential services through a 24/7 hotline, live chat, and texting service.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
A free, confidential hotline providing 24/7 providing victim support, crisis intervention information, and referral services in more than 170 languages.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
A research and information center for all aspects of sexual violence, including training and publications for educators and advocates.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) and National Sexual Assault Hotline
rainn.org or 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
The largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States, providing safety and prevention information as well as resources for survivors. The National Sexual Assault Hotline is a free, confidential and 24/7 hotline that connects survivors with trained staff members from their area.