According to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:
“Teen dating violence (TDV) is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners, occurring in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual and digital. TDV occurs across diverse groups and cultures.
Although the dynamics of TDV are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of TDV, as well as the challenges in seeking and providing services, make the problem of TDV unique.”
Loveisrespect is an organization whose focus is to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it.
Throughout Respect Week, they will challenge us to get involved and help spread the word about teen dating violence. The Respect Week Guide 2017, gives more information about what you can do within your organization, school, or community.
One way you can participate is as easy as wearing ORANGE on February 14: