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Teen Dating Violence Awareness
& Prevention Month

#1Thing

For Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAM) 2021, we are highlighting the work of organizations that center young people and youth-driven initiatives, with a specific focus on the voices and experiences of Black and Trans-identified youth facing homelessness and housing instability.

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This year, NRCDV’s  #1Thing messaging campaign is focused on honoring the wisdom and leadership of youth in promoting community care, healing, and resilience. Additionally, NRCDV is celebrating love is respect’s theme for TDVAM 2021, Know Your Worth, through the PreventIPV project, spotlighting prevention tools and projects that promote healthy relationships with self and others throughout February. For awareness tips and tools, visit the Domestic Violence Awareness Project website.

 

When we work together and each do #1Thing to prevent youth relationship violence and foster healthy relationships and communities, real social change is possible.

  #1Thing Action Guide: Inspiring Action Through a Unified Message
#1Thing

#1Thing for Social Change this #TeenDVMonth

NRCDV continues to build on the #1Thing campaign to call for collective action, honoring the wisdom and leadership of youth in promoting community care, healing, and resilience.

           Multi photos of #1Thing images



  





The
#1Thing message encourages individuals and communities to shift the narrative about the lived experiences and needs of runaway and homeless youth, especially young people from traditionally marginalized communities. Throughout TDVAM, NRCDV will lift up the work of youth-centered organizations addressing homelessness and housing instability, especially for Black and Trans-identified youth, and promote related resources from RHY and DV/SV service providers and NRCDV’s projects, including the LGBTQ Institute and Safe Housing Partnerships.

The
#1Thing message encourages individuals to commit to doing #1Thing in order to shift the narrative around youth relationship violence.

Check out t
he #1Thing Action Guide for templates, recommendations, strategies, and tools to incorporate the #1Thing message into your public awareness activities and campaigns during TDVAM, and beyond.

“When we treat each other with respect and value each other, we have the beginnings of ending violence in our communities. Promoting ‘unity’ is how we can accomplish those goals.” - Tanae LeClaire, Native Love Youth Delegate
RHY Toolkit

The Runaway & Homeless Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit 
RHY Toolkit
The Toolkit, developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and domestic and sexual assault (DV/SA) field, helps service providers better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth.

The Toolkit includes strategies for building meaningful partnerships between RHY programs and domestic and sexual violence agencies to help meet the needs of those most impacted. 

Many runaway and homeless youth have “multiple histories of trauma,” including family violence; parental neglect; parental mental illness; childhood sexual and physical abuse; sexual exploitation, rape, sexual assault; survival sex; gang violence; intimate partner violence.
Coming soon: a newly updated and redesigned RHY Toolkit.
Awareness Highlights

RHY ToolkitCentering Youth at the Intersections of Homelessness and Gender-Based Violence for Teen DV Month 2021

This blog post focuses on runaway and homeless youth (RHY) experiencing relationship violence. It draws connections to key themes, events, resources, and opportunities for engagement throughout TDVAM 2021.  

Webinar

webinar
Meaningful Partnerships to Support Youth at the Intersections of Homelessness and Gender-Based Violence
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm CT/ 11:00 am - 1:00pm PT
Featuring Ivonne Ortiz

Recognizing and understanding the intersections of youth homelessness/housing insecurity and gender-based violence is critical to creating meaningful services and effective intervention and prevention strategies. While there is a great need for coordinated relationship violence intervention and prevention efforts for runaway and homeless youth, RHY and DV/SA service providers often work in silos and are unfamiliar with each other’s work. This webinar will examine the scope and unique characteristics of relationship violence amongst RHY, and will explore the why and the how of building and sustaining effective community collaborations to best serve youth at the intersections.
 
VAWnet TA Question of the Month

youth looking at cameraWhat are effective, trauma-informed strategies for serving runaway and homeless youth and young adults? (February 2021)

The February TA Question of the Month will highlight effective, trauma-informed strategies for serving runaway and homeless youth and young adults, including innovative programming from the youth program Bridge Over Troubled Waters.

Additional Resources

loveisrespect TDVAM guides: Know Your Worth TDVAM 2021 Action Guide, 2021 Respect Week Guide, and 2021 social media guide.

Prevent Connect podcasts, featuring NRCDV's 
Arlene Vassell and Love is Respect’s Angela Lee:
Embracing Change, Creativity, and Connection: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2021 - part 1
Hope, Prevention, and the Power of Young People: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2021- part 2

Special Collection:
Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence (Updated January 2019)

Engaging Youth in IPV Prevention: Lessons Learned from DELTA FOCUS (February 2020)

TAQ: How can we create meaningful connections with youth leaders seeking opportunities to become vocal advocates for themselves and their communities? (February 2019)

TAQ: How can we harness the power of our own trauma histories to build truly intersectional and intergenerational approaches to this work? (February 2018) 

Webinar Recording: Our Gender Revolution: Social Change to End Gender Violence (February 2017)

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This publication is supported by Grant Number #90EV0428 to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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