Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

TOP Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention

Teens and Digital Abuse

In a healthy teen dating relationship, technology is a fun, easy way to stay connected. In relationships where there is extreme jealousy and controlling behavior, cell phones and social media can be used against a dating partner. Learn how by checking out our information on technology and dating abuse.

Learn More About Warning Signs and How You Can Help a Friend in Need

Get Help

For help or information, call 1-800-942-6906, English, Español and Multi-language Accessibility. Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 711. In NYC: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673) or dial 311 TTY: 1-866-604-5350

Help Raise Awareness


Turn your school, community, and social media accounts orange for love in February. Wear orange and share on your social media.


Take the pledge to end Teen Dating Violence by using social media to send a virtual candy heart. Draw a heart and within it, complete this sentence: “I will …”.


All year long, choose to speak up against any acts of dating abuse you see, whenever you see it. Be an active bystander.

Encouraging Healthy Relationships

Respect Love, Love Respect

Visit the Respect Love, Love Respect website to learn more about healthy relationships and how you can get involved.

Safety and Support

If you or someone you know is being abused there is help available.

#ICanDoSomething Video Challenge

Thank you to everyone who submitted videos for the #ICanDoSomething video challenge. The challenge is closed, but teens across New York can keep the conversation going about teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

What does respect mean to you? Do you know what the Seven Healthy Relationship Values are? How can you help a friend who is being treated inappropriately by their partner? Remember, silence and unwillingness to take action contribute to dating abuse.

You have the power to make a difference. During this month and every month, tell your peers #ICanDoSomething and encourage them to follow your lead.

What is Dating Abuse?

47% of 13-18 year olds who have been in relationships reported that they have personally been victimized by controlling behaviors from a boyfriend or girlfriend.

Dating abuse is a pattern of behaviors used to gain power and control over a dating partner. Behaviors can include physical, sexual, emotional, and/or verbal abuse. The abuse can happen over time and may continue to get worse.

Dating abuse is not only a serious problem for adults, but teens and young adults experience control and abuse in relationships as well.