The teen department at Independence House was busy raising awareness this February in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. We campaigned all month online, getting our staff and agencies we partner with to show their support by wearing orange, the designated #TDVAM color. On Valentine’s Day, we passed out orange candy to several high schools on Cape Cod with information about our teen services. The organization Love Is Respect, who started the Teen Dating Awareness Month movement, even recognized our efforts on social media!
In addition to all of our online campaigning, we also worked in schools across the Cape, presenting to seniors about consent and unhealthy relationships. We continued our weekly teen groups that focus on the affects of abuse over time in adolescent relationships, watching for red flags, and how you can determine if your relationship is healthy and supportive.
We appreciated the recognition and support about this issue in both our physical and online communities. Teen dating violence happens 12 months out of the year, and every day a teenager is affected by physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse. If you or a friend is being abused in any way by their boyfriend or girlfriend, you can reach out to us in person at our office, call our hotline, text us, or utilize our live messaging system by clicking the ‘Chat Now’ button at the bottom of our page. All of our contact information is easily found on our website. Never hesitate to ask for help if you need it, we’re here for to listen!
-IH Teen Counselor