Awareness Activities for Schools and Communities
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is pleased to offer the following ideas and resources for schools and communities to raise awareness of Teen Dating Violence. Tip: when at all possible allow teens to plan and carry out events.
- Post a sign on your school marquee for the community to see that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
- Encourage students to visit New York State’s website, NYS Teen Dating Violence.
- Ask the editor of the student newspaper to do a story on teen dating violence. Other students can be invited to submit poetry, drawings, song lyrics, etc. to accompany the article.
OPDV’s “This Isn’t Love” teen dating violence awareness poster (high-resolution pdf - 607kb) can be printed in color on 8-1/2” x 11” paper and posted throughout the school. Other sizes:
Distribute Information to Students and Parents
Provide the Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet and the following Informational Guides to students and parents:
Proclaim the Month
Submit a request for a Proclamation to your local elected officials. See our sample proclamation (printer-friendly/pdf). Portions of it can be read aloud on the PA system or during the morning program. It can be displayed in the school lobby. School officials can also use it as a template to issue their own proclamation.
Coordinate a “Candy Hearts Day 2014” Teen Dating Violence Campaign”
Coordinate an Awareness event like “Candy Hearts Day”. Post a “candy heart” pledge on your social media accounts and tag it with #tdvcandyhearts.
More Awareness Activities
- Work with your local domestic violence service provider to hold a training or event about Teen Dating Violence and Healthy Relationships. Here is a listing of domestic violence service providers by county.
- Create a school library display highlighting teen dating violence prevention. Provide books, posters, articles, etc. See Resources below.
- Collect clothes, toys, baby items and assorted supplies for the local domestic violence shelter.
- Be Creative!
It’s More Than a Month
Teen dating violence and respect can -- and should be -- topics of discussion year round. Here are some things that your school or community can work on long-term:
- Develop a policy for your school or agency. With a policy in place, you will know what to do when a situation arises.
- Develop an ongoing relationship and collaboration with your local domestic violence service provider. They want to help. You can discuss the best ways to provide teen dating violence education and support for the teens in your community.
- Form a peer organization or awareness group.
- Incorporate awareness of teen dating violence into other teen activities. For example, at a school dance, ask teens to bring items to donate to the local domestic violence program as a ticket for admission.
Special thanks to the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence for collaborating with us on this list.