February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

 

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) is a movement to help raise awareness about teen dating violence. Abuse in teen relationships is a national problem affecting youths in every community crossing all racial, gender and socioeconomic backgrounds; see www.loveisrespect.org. Dating violence is more common than people think. One in three adolescents in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence; see www.loveisrespect.org/resources/dating-violence-statistics/.

Prevention Education:  
Empower Yolo’s prevention groups in Yolo County schools continue to run strong.  In the 2018-2019 school year we ran groups and presentations at Woodland High, Pioneer High, Emerson Jr. High, Holmes Jr. High, DaVinci High, and River City High School. Woodland High has a “My Strength” and a “Be Strong” group; Pioneer has an “Our Strength” group; and both receive one-day presentations for all freshmen health classes. In the 2018-2019 school year the prevention team made 182 presentations for 2,488 students. The team would love to expand the program and reach even more teens.  

In the News: 
To learn more about TDVAM please see Empower Yolo's February article in the Davis Enterprise at: https://www.davisenterprise.com/features/empower-yolo-preventing-dating-violence-in-teens/.

Supporting our Teens: 
Join us in the movement to support our teens' healthy relationships in the following ways:     

1)  make a donation any time at empoweryolo.org to Empower Yolo's Prevention Education Program, which is largely unfunded.  

2)  shop at the Davis Food Co op in February and 'Round up at the Registers' for Empower Yolo; proceeds will help fund Empower Yolo programs including prevention education programs.

3)  wear orange on Tuesday, February 11 in support of #Orange4Love Day to raise awareness about teen dating abuse. 

4)  become a sponsor for TDVAM for next year to help us reach even more teens.

Thank you to Davis Food Co-op and Alpha Chi Omega at UC Davis for sponsoring TDVAM and supporting Empower Yolo's prevention education programs.  

Please follow our efforts throughout the month on Facebook (@empoweryolo), Instagram and Twitter (@empower_yolo). Thank you for your support.  

Empower Yolo
175 Walnut Street
Woodland, CA 95695
24/7 Crisis Line:  530.662.1133
http://empoweryolo.org/

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