There are many great organizations and campaigns making a difference in preventing abuse and helping young victims. Below is a list of some of the leading initiatives. Is there a great national organization we forgot? Contact us and tell us about it! Are you looking for something in your community? Check out our map of activities!
Dating Violence Resources
- The only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to ending dating abuse, Break the Cycle offers a range of information and services in English and Spanish. Visit their teen-specific site thesafespace.org to learn more about the issue.
- A program of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, loveisrespect.org provides resources to anyone encountering dating abuse.
- Love Is Not Abuse distributes Liz Claiborne Inc.’s collection of dating abuse resources, including handbooks and PSAs..
Related National Resources
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence provides training to adult professionals on how best to incorporate abuse intervention and prevention into their work.
- National Network to End Domestic Violence brings together all state coalitions against domestic violence and other stakeholders to foster an environment in which violence against women no longer exists. They also provide information on staying safe from technological stalking and abuse.
- National Resource Center on Domestic Violence hosts many valuable initiatives including the VAWnet Resource Center and the Women of Color Network.
- The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) is working to eliminate all forms of sexual violence and advocate for the rights and needs of victims of sexual assault. To that end, they host RYOT Against Rape and Teen Esteem for youth.
- Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the costs and consequences of partner violence at work – and eliminating it altogether.
- National Center for Victims of Crime works with individuals, families and communities harmed by crime to help victims rebuild their lives.
- Hear My Voice is the first national campaign specifically designed for LGBTQ youth, powered by Break the Cycle and sponsored by the DOJ’s Office of Victims of Crime.
- Anti-Violence Project is dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and HIV-affected communities.
- Show Me Love! raises awareness about healthy relationships and provides resources for LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence.
Racial Minority Resources
- Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community focuses on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence.
- Casa De Esperanza mobilizes Latinos/Latinas to stop domestic violence and leads the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities..
- Alianza, the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, addresses the needs of Latino/a families and communities.
- Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence is a national resource center and clearinghouse on gender violence in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
- Tribal Institute collects documents and hyperlinks to help professionals handling domestic violence cases and issues within Native American communities.
- Sacred Circle is the National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women.
Public Awareness Campaigns
- A Thin Line is MTV’s campaign to reduce bullying, digital abuse and digital discrimination.
- Boss of Me or BOM campaign features teen ambassadors providing information and advice to other teens on preventing dating abuse.
- Choose Respect, a CDC prevention initiative, helps teens form healthy relationships, preventing dating violence before it starts.
- That’s Not Cool helps young people draw a “digital line” about what is and is not okay in their relationships.
- The RESPECT! Campaign is the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s effort to promote healthy relationships through positive role modeling and education.
- Coaching Boys to Men is the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s effort to engage males of all ages in preventing domestic violence.
- Know More. Say More is the Family Violence Prevention Fund’s effort to address the intersection of domestic violence and reproductive health.
- My Strength/Mi Fuerza is a bilingual campaign to raise awareness of sexual violence among youth and highlight the vital role that young men can play in fostering healthy, safe relationships by Men Can Stop Rape.
- Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign designed to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on college campuses.
Collections of Dating Violence Studies and Resources
- American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence provides legal resources to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession.
- MINCAVA Electronic Clearing House collects teen dating violence documents for easy view and download.
What Can I Do?
There are many great ways to get involved in preventing teen dating violence. You can ask your elected officials to declare February Teen DV Month. You can ensure that young people learn about healthy relationships.
You can also raise awareness about abuse. Use the following suggestions to get started!
Write an Op-Ed
Take Action Online
Raise awareness of dating violence online by updating your status to be:
- February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. One in three young people experience abuse in their relationships. You can help raise awareness today – visit http://wwww.teenDVmonth.org for more information!
- Love has many definitions, but abuse isn’t one of them. Celebrate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and help young people across the country have safe and healthy relationships. Visit http://www.teenDVmonth.org for more information.
Post one of these messages on Twitter to further spread your message:
- Help young people break the cycle of abuse in their relationships. http://www.teenDVmonth.org
- 1 in 3 teens experiences abuse in their relationships. Help break the cycle of violence. http://www.teendvmonth.org
Something as simple as a flyer in the grocery story can make a big difference. Use these links to download youth-friendly posters, flyers and more that can you can print and distribute throughout your community.
- General dating violence poster and handouts from Break the Cycle
- Activism posters and toolkit from See It and Stop It
- Male-targeted posters and postcards from My Strength
Host an Event
Hosting an event is a great way to raise awareness in your community. To make your event the most impactful, don’t forget to register with us.
- Host a poetry slam on dating violence and healthy relationships. Start by contacting the manager at your local coffee shop or favorite venue. Then pick a date and begin advertising. Food is always a big draw!
- Organize a rally or picket line by reserving a park or the parking lot of a sympathetic business. Make posters and signs using statistics to raise awareness about abuse.
- Host a candlelight vigil at your house or community center to honor both those who have survived domestic violence and those who have not.
- Host a celebration themed around healthy relationships like Break the Cycle’s Valentine’s Anytime Party. Send any money you raise to a dating violence organization.
Join a Group
Becoming part of a national membership coalition is a great way to ensure you’re engaged in preventing dating abuse all year round. Consider joining one of these groups:
- Love Is Not Abuse Coalition is a growing national grassroots coalition of parents, teachers and ANYONE advocating for teen dating abuse education in every middle school and high school in the country.
- Break the Cycle’s HOPE is a national membership corps of those dedicated to ending abuse. Get everything you need to a make a difference for just $10!