Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)

February is Teen Violence Dating Awareness Month, and NSLAC is dedicated to bringing awareness to this very prevalent issue. Teen dating violence is domestic violence. Teen dating violence is a pattern of behavior that includes physical, emotional, verbal, and/or sexual abuse by one person in an intimate relationship to exert power and control over another. Relationship violence can occur at school — in the hall, in the classroom, in the parking lot, on the bus or in a car, at after-school activities, at a student’s workplace, at a school dance, or at a student’s home. In teenage dating relationships, the abuse is often public with peers witnessing the abuse; however, the abuse can also occur in private. 

It is fitting to think of February as a month of love, but what most may not realize is that it is also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. It is important to educate teens about what is and is not a healthy relationship.  

Some signs to watch for include: 

  • Intensity - a relationship that develops extremely fast 
  • Control or jealousy  
  • Changes in Dress 
  • Drastic behavior changes 
  • Isolation 
  • Constant communication with significant other 
  • Ramifications for not responding in a timely manner 

Help to raise awareness about teen dating violence and stop the abuse before it begins. This month we come together to raise awareness through advocacy and education to stop abuse before it starts. Need to know how to talk to your teen? Got questions of your own? Be in touch with NSLAC at info@NSLegalAid.org or 847 737 4042. All inquiries are strictly confidential. Love shouldn't hurt.

Additional Resources

Love Is Respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. They also offer support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat. Click HERE to learn more.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Initiatives

Strength in Love: Embrace Empowerment During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Bar Method Highland Park and North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic (NSLAC) will host an impactful event, “Strength in Love: Embrace Empowerment During Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month,” dedicated to raising awareness and making a positive impact against teen dating violence and stop the abuse before it begins.

In recognition of TDVAM, all classes scheduled on Saturday, February 3, are part of this impactful event to educate parents, guardians, and teens about what is and is not a healthy relationship.

Event Details:

  • Date: Saturday, February 3, 2024
  • Location: Bar Method Highland Park, 600 Central Avenue, Suite 127 (Port Clinton)
  • Classes: All Classes throughout the day (7:45 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:00 AM, and 11:15 AM)
  • Special session: 11:15 AM, join Bar Method and NSLAC for an opportunity to engage with NSLAC in a unique Q&A session. Gain invaluable insights from an expert on teen dating violence and discover ways to get help or be an ally to someone in need.
  • Open to all fitness levels.
  • Parents, guardians, and teens are encouraged to attend.

Members and guests should register using the special discount code “TDVAM” on the Bar Method app or website to enjoy a complimentary drop-in class that empowers the body and mind. For those who prefer direct registration, contact Bar Method Highland Park at 847 432 9150 or email hp@barmethod.com. Space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to wear orange, the nationally recognized color of TDVAM, and will be automatically entered into a raffle just for wearing orange.