February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Teen Dating Violence (TDV), is also called, “dating violence” and according to recent studies, it affects millions of young people in the United States. Dating violence can take place in person, online, or through technology. It is a type of intimate partner violence that can include the following types of behavior:
• Physical violence is when a person hurts or tries to hurt a partner by hitting, kicking, or using another type of physical force.
• Sexual violence is forcing or attempting to force a partner to take part in a sex act and or sexual touching when the partner does not or cannot consent. It also includes non-physical sexual behaviors like posting or sharing sexual pictures of a partner without their consent or sexting someone without their consent.
• Psychological aggression is the use of verbal and non-verbal communication with the intent to harm a partner mentally or emotionally and/or exert control over a partner.
• Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention and contact by a partner that causes fear or concern for one’s own safety or the safety of someone close to the victim.

Robyne’s Nest educates our teens and young adults on how to have healthy relationships, set boundaries and the self-confidence to stand up for themselves.
For more information on how you and your teen can raise awareness among peers, visit:
https://www.nsvrc.org/blogs/teen-dating-violence-prevention-resources-2021-update