Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Campaigns to follow

As with all good campaigns, the goal is to get information to the public in the hopes that information will lead to action.

With the issue of teen dating violence, campaigns and programs vary from national campaigns spotlighting the issue to local programs offering services to teens and their parents.

For the rest of the week, we’re going to highlight programs that have taken on the mission to shed light on teen dating violence and provide help to those touched by it.

First up, probably one of the most visible when discussing teen dating violence: Liz Claiborne Inc.’s Love is Not Abuse.

There’s no way to research teen dating violence on the Internet without finding information from Love is Not Abuse. Started as a way to give back to Liz Claiborne Inc.’s customers and the community, Love is Not Abuse targets numerous audiences with information and resources on domestic and teen dating violence.

The group has had numerous landmarks over the past 20 years, including:

2001: Sponsored a survey on teen dating violence, which revealed that almost two-thirds of parents who said they didn’t talk to their teen about dating violence said they would if they had more information on how to address it. To help, Liz Claiborne Inc. created a handbook for parents about dating violence awareness and education.

2002: The company assisted in promoting girlsallowed.org, a website for girls ages 11-14 to identify unhealthy relationships.

2005: A partnership with Break the Cycle and other domestic violence advocates led to the development of the Love is Not Abuse curriculum.

2006: With the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the company helped start and fund the first national teen dating violence hotline – Love is Respect.

2010: With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the company launched a free online training course for educators about how best to teach classes on teen dating violence and abuse – Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence

And their work continues. The group even has an iPhone app for parents, to take information with them on the go as well as a handbook for teens.

With its partners, Liz Claiborne Inc. is leading a grassroots movement to get teen dating violence taught in middle and high schools, engaging people to spread the word in their local communities.

The website has a TON of information and resources helpful to advocates, community groups, parents, educators and teens. Check out the rest of their website here.

And please share any programs addressing Teen Dating Violence you’re familiar with in the comments section below.

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