The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence Recognizes February as Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month

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Fri. February 25, 2022 4:05 p.m.

The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) recognizes February as Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month in New York State. In an effort to combat the problem of teen dating abuse, OPDV is running a month-long campaign to provide teens with a positive framework for building healthy relationships.

The ‘Healthy Relationships at All Ages’ campaign is part of a year-long ‘Start the Conversation’ campaign that asks individuals to participate in ending gender-based violence by having difficult conversations about real issues. In February, OPDV is offering training on consent and healthy relationships, empowering teens to share this vital information with their peers and intimate partners. It also aims to educate adults who work with adolescents to empower them to start a conversation about healthy relationships within the populations they influence.

For years, OPDV has based its work on developing survivor-centered solutions to gender-based violence. Through this campaign, the agency will continue to advance this work by cultivating partnerships with youth organizations, raising awareness through social media posts on topics such as healthy relationship green flags, and sharing relevant resources to help adults talk to adolescents about consent.

OPDV will also partner with Day One to host an interactive virtual workshop for teens to help identify and communicate healthy boundaries and foster healthy relationships. Day One works with youth to end dating abuse and domestic violence through community education, support services, advocacy and leadership development.

OPDV Executive Director Kelli Owens said, “It’s never too early to start talking about dating abuse and healthy relationships. OPDV engages directly with adolescents and adults who work with adolescents to identify the resources they need to develop healthy and safe relationships, regardless of age. We thank Governor Hochul for continuing to highlight and address the many facets of gender-based violence for victims and survivors of all ages. »

A press release said, “New York State continues to lead the nation in advancing the rights of women, girls, and at-risk populations. OPDV will continue to help young people recognize the signs of dating abuse, identifying ways to prevent it, and ensuring teens find the support they need.

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