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Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. In light of these alarming facts, every year during the month of February, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence joins efforts with partner organizations to elevate teen voices, raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved.Multi-colored, paisley like background. "Your Love is Unique...with Consent" is written in the center with #teenDVMonth at bottom. The Break the Cycle logo to the bottom right.
This February, NRCDV is highlighting the work of organizations that center young people and youth-driven initiatives.
NRCDV #TeenDVMonth Events, Activities & Resources

#1Thing Social Media Campaign
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Throughout February, NRCDV will build on the #1Thing campaign from Domestic Violence Awareness Month to call on the collective action of young people. The #1Thing message helps individuals and communities articulate and understand how our collective one things can lead to the social transformation we all desire to see. We invite young activists, advocates, organizers, and social change makers to share their #1Thing. Follow @NRCDV and join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook at #TeenDVmonth #1Thing.

Cartoon style taco. TACO BOUT IT TUESDAY on Snapchat. Tune in:BREAKTHECYCLEDV Let's be real.Taco Bout It Tuesday on Snapchat and Instagram
Tuesday, February 19th
7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 3pm Pacific

Taco Bout It Tuesday is a weekly show created by Break the Cycle, where young advocates and youth activists answer relationship questions posted by youth. NRCDV is excited to guest host on Feb. 19 to answer questions and share resources about digital safety.

WEBINAR: Using Story Circles to Capture Local Community Responses to Gender-based Using Story Circles to Capture Local Community Responses to Gender-based ViolenceViolence During TDVAM and Beyond
Wednesday, February 27th
2:00pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 11am Pacific

In this free, one-hour webinar, StoryCenter's Amy Hill will introduce a simple, community-based process for sharing and capturing poignant personal stories of how young people are taking action. Adapted from the organization's digital storytelling workshop approach, the Story Circle process brings small groups together to explore meaningful moments from their lives, connect with each other through storytelling, and identify ways they can continue to work together and take leadership on the critical social issues of our time. While the webinar will focus on Story Circle process and guidelines, Amy will also cover simple ways to document youth stories using smart phones and other digital
media production devices.  

Holding hands with a pink heart drawn across both hands.Special Collection: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence
Updated for Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month 2019, this Special Collection emphasizes collaborative and multi-level approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence. Drawing on the work of many organizations, this Collection provides general information about teen dating violence, as well as resources for different populations, including 1) young people, 2) parents and caregivers, 3) men and boys, 4) teachers and school-based professionals, 5) health care professionals, 6) pregnancy prevention programs, and 7) domestic violence and sexual violence service providers. 

TDVAM Awareness Highlights Blog: What #1Thing will you do to prevent teen dating violence this month?
Two youth women sitting on the curb next to each other. #1Thing logo behind them.Connecting Break the Cycle's youth-created theme for Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month – Your love is unique… with consent – with NRCDV’s #1Thing campaign, this blog post highlights opportunities for engagement and feature tools and resources across NRCDV’s projects that support advocates’ efforts to leverage the power of youth activism during TDVAM and beyond.

Young women holding a sign saying, "NATIVE LOVE IS UNITY."February TAQ: How can we create meaningful connections with youth leaders seeking opportunities to become vocal advocates for themselves and their communities?
Guest blogger Rebecca Balog from National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center talked with Tanae LeClaire, NativeLove Youth Delegate from the Yankton Sioux tribe about important things to remember when planning to develop relationships with youth leaders and planning outreach activities. Are we outreaching effectively? How do youth think we are doing? What can we do better? And what about cross-cultural engagement or culturally specific considerations?

PreventIPV: Tools for Social ChangeImpressionistic style painting of a two children, man, and women
Each week in February, the PreventIPV project will feature youth-led prevention initiatives working to prevent gender-based violence and promote racial and gender equity. The four exciting youth-focused Prevention Tools of the Week are:
Week 1: NativeLove
Week 2: Take a Stand for Healthy Relationships
Week 3: That’s Not Cool
Week 4: We Choose All of Us


Runaway & Homeless Youth Relationship Violence Toolkit
This toolkit was developed by and for advocates in the runaway and homeless youth (RHY) and domestic and sexual assault (DV/SA) field to help program better address relationship violence with runaway and homeless youth. 

Additional TDVAM Resources:
Three separate photos of young people lined in a row. #ImAnActivist Podcast series
During the 2018 #TeenDVMonth, NRCDV Radio hosted a podcast series featuring the voices of young activist, highlighting their power and unique contributions in community organizing for social change. The stories are inspirational and informative Listen through our YouTube channel or media page.
Thank You for a Great #DVAM2018

Now that 2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) has passed and we have had some time to reflect, and catch our breath, NRCDV would like to thank everyone for the high level of advocacy and engagement during #DVAM 2018. On behalf of NRCDV’s Domestic Violence Awareness Project, we would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming response to the newly developed #1Thing messaging campaign, designed to engage and amplify diverse voices in our efforts to end gender-based violence. Because each of you, #1Thing had an amazing impact in October with more than 9,000 Instagram posts, over 10,000 visitors to the online Action Guide, and 10.5 million impressions from our My #1Thing is Transformative Twitter Chat.
There was so much awareness activity during October that it seemed almost impossible to keep up with the events, messaging campaigns, personal stories, and more. Actually, it IS impossible to keep track of everything, but impossible in a great way. It is exciting and empowering to see so much awareness activity taking place. It brings a sense of connectedness within our community. In fact, this is one of the core reasons that the #1Thing message was developed by NRCDV's Domestic Violence Awareness Project, to have a unified message that those committed to end domestic violence could use and adapt to their own voice.
Each of our “one things” and collective actions are critical to the story of our movement. While each may be unique and personal, when woven together, they create a strong foundation for the world we imagine. And when our “one things” are put into action, they become concrete steps on the pathway to social change. Building that pathway is an investment we make together.

The #1Thing Action Guide is a living document to be used year round with the online version growing to include case studies, best practices, and additional resources. We also welcome submissions from individuals and organizations on your approach to implementing #1Thing within your community. Send your campaign outlines, graphics, sample messages, partnership ideas, and any other #1Thing related items to and share your #1Thing with us on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr & Instagram.

Thank you once again for making #DVAM2018 such a wonderful success, and thank you in advance for making each month going forward an awareness success.
Together we can!
Facing Race

NRCDV is devoted to continual learning and education around racial justice as a core element of our gender and social justice work. For NRCDV this means - that ALL staff are committed to applying a racial equity and justice lens to our work to end gender-based violence. NRCDV refers to this ongoing journey as our Racial Justice Initiative. Collectively, we acknowledge the role of racism and privilege in perpetuating violence and oppressive behaviors in our culture, and we are committed to working to dismantle these constructs at the individual, community and societal levels. 

This November, it also meant a small envoy of NRCDV staff had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Facing Race Conference hosted by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation.

"For some of us at NRCDV, attending Facing Race 2018 was an opportunity to learn about struggles and solutions experienced by our communities and connect with other advocates of color. It was a celebration of people of color by people of color. Spaces like this one help advocates of color feel connected and energized. The conference helped me reflect on some of the things I can do to find- and sometimes demand- a space at the table in the movement to end gender-based violence. Facing Race also provided me with a blanket of solidarity and shared love, both resistance strategies that work. I was reminded of the resilience and creativity of communities of color and those living at many intersections. We are strong, we are wise, we are beautiful!” -Ivonne Ortiz, NRCDV Training Institute Manager
"As a first-time attendee I was overwhelmed with the sense that we (our organization & our movement) are part of something much larger. You see, as anti-violence advocates, we speak of “intersectionality” and “bridging gaps” and working with “sister” movements. At this conference we had the privilege of seeing first-hand the intersectional approach Race Forward takes when addressing social justice inequities. We were able to experience the coming together of sister movements, embracing their unique values and perspectives in a way that enhanced and moved conversations forward.” - Justine Robilliard, NRCDV Creative Media Specialist
Our December TAQ, and Awareness Highlights post further explore lessons learned and takeaways.

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Wellness Corner

Two cats with one washing the face of the other.Connectedness

One of our core beliefs at NRCDV is that community connection is a necessary and powerful component of social change. Our communities can be one of our most valuable assets—they are often an incredible source of strength, resilience, and hope. Feeling a sense of connectedness is a critical part of well-being, which is why developing a social support system and sustaining healthy relationships with our loved ones and our communities is so important.

Some ideas for promoting connectedness include:
  • Practice active listening with your loved ones, and try to surround yourself with people who listen authentically to you in return. Check in regularly with your friend who is going through a challenging time – your love and support could mean the world to them. Check in with your friend who is having a good time too, and celebrate their successes with them. And, check in with your strong friends too.
  • Participate in community activism! Not only does this keep you connected to your community, evidence shows that activism makes us all feel like we matter and can help to promote resilience and healing.
  • Take breaks with your coworkers. Eat lunch together, go for a walk, or have some tea and chat about something other than work. If you work from home, try to connect with your colleagues over the phone or through video conferencing from time to time instead of emailing.
  • Learn about and support the good work being done by programs and individuals in your community. Identify organizations, services, and local leaders that serve communities of color and marginalized groups in your area and offer to volunteer.
  • Expand your social support system by trying something new! Participating in a book club, joining a community garden, taking a dance class, becoming a mentor, or signing up for a sports team with your local parks and recreation department can all be great ways to form relationships with new friends.
Our communities are both powerful vehicles for social change and great sources of resilience and hope. Spending time with our loved ones and building community connections can nourish us and help us to bring our best, fullest selves to our work.
Pink, ceramic piggy bank.EITC Special Collection & Tax Credit Outreach Campaign

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Other Tax Credits
With tax season upon us, this collection of materials highlights key resources for the EITC, the Child Tax Credit, Health Coverage Tax Credits, and others, highlighting resources specific to domestic violence survivors and advocates working with survivors.

Get It Back. TaxCredits for People Who WorkNew to Tax Credit Outreach?
The Center on Budget on Policy Priorities' "Get It Back" campaign provides information for developing a vibrant tax credit outreach campaign.

Get Started with these three steps:
The website also offers comprehensive strategies for reaching specific communities, including domestic violence survivors.

Upcoming Trainings

Using Story Circles to Capture Local Community Responses to Gender-based ViolenceUsing Story Circles to Capture Local Community Responses to Gender-based Violence
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 3pm EST, 2pm CT, 12pm PT

NRCDV has been mobilizing people to commit to doing #1Thing in response to the problem of gender-based violence. In this free, one-hour webinar for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, StoryCenter's Amy Hill will introduce a simple, community-based process for sharing and capturing poignant personal stories of how people are taking action. Adapted from the organization's digital storytelling workshop approach, the Story Circle process brings small groups together to explore meaningful moments from their lives, connect with each other through storytelling, and identify ways they can continue to work together and take leadership on the critical social issues of our time. While the webinar will focus on Story Circle process and guidelines, Amy will also cover simple ways to document stories using smart phones and other digital media production devices. Join us to explore ways to amplify our #1Thing stories throughout Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and beyond.
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The Impact Adultification has on Children of ColorThe Impact Adultification has on Children of Color
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 2pm EST, 1pm CT, 11am PT

Studies show that adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their counterparts, especially between the ages of 5-14.

Jacqueline Miller, founder of Healthy Actions Intervening Responsibly (H.A.I.R.), leads the discussion on
 this free webinar designed to address the impact adultification has on children who experience trauma with an emphasis on black girls. Through storytelling, participants will learn from Jacqueline’s story as it unfolds in three dimensions, revealing how to develop a framework for building resilience with youth and communities of color.
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Wish there was a place to find out about state, local, and national events related to gender-based violence including trainings, conferences, lectures, and webinars? The VAWnet Events Calendar is Spiral bound monthly calendar with words Training Schedule in red background header.your answer. 

Have an event coming up, submissions to the VAWnet Events Calendar are welcome.

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Policy Corner

The policy team at NRCDV has recently co-authored a series of blog articles along with the National Women's Law Center that explores barriers survivors encounter when trying to access public benefits programs, cross-sector collaboration and systems-level advocacy, and possible legislative changes to these critical programs. The “Help More Domestic Violence Survivors” series supports the strengthening of all public benefits programs at the federal and state levels and providing additional resources and supports for survivors, individuals, families, and communities so that they will be able to gain economic security. For additional information about how public benefits programs benefit domestic violence survivors, visit The Difference Between Surviving and Not Surviving: Public Benefits Programs and Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims' Economic Security

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Prevention HighlightsShifting boundaries

The Prevention Tool of the Month for January is Shifting Boundariesan evidence-based, multi-level prevention program for middle school students on sexual harassment and precursors to dating violence. The program is unique in that it embraces an environmental approach that identifies multiple strategies to support young people – both school-wide interventions and classroom lessons.

Two young girls standing on playground equipment.For December the Head Start Trauma Smart tool was featured. It helps young children and the adults who care for them navigate difficult life challenges by combining practical, hands-on tools and effective coping strategies. By incorporating Trauma Smart into their lives, adults can help to lay the groundwork for better emotional resilience and health for our children and, inevitably, our society.
A baby being held by his father.
In November, we highlighted the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s
Skin to Skin campaign, which invites men into nurturing caregiving relationships with their children. 

Be sure to check out the
PreventIPV Tools Inventory to learn about more promising programs and innovative practices!

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TA Questions of the Month

Read the recent technical assistance (TA) requests received by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Freedom Network USA, and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

January 2019: What do I need to know about human trafficking and why?Black background with a white barcode. End Trafficking written under barcode.

“ As a partner in the domestic violence field you will likely come across survivors of trafficking, especially with the high incidence of polyvictimization.”

December 2018: We exist! As a woman of color, how can I find my place in the domestic violence movement?Culture is Power. An impressionist style painting of  women of color holding a microphone.

“ I felt that I continually walked behind, followed the lead, checked the box and represented without really representing.”

November 2018: What else can men do to prevent domestic and sexual violence?

“We seek to engage men in efforts to prevent violence by creating space for them to work to increase protective factors and to decrease risk factors in their families, peer relationships, and communities”

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VAWnet Gets Personal
Have you created your personalized VAWnet account?VAWnet logo overlaid with a n open book and the words "Introducing NRCDV's new, personalized library experience, designed to meet you where you are."

NRCDV's online library of gender-based violence resources has undergone a number of upgrades and user enhancements designed to make your workday easier.
  • Save, organize & share your favorite material with your MyVAWnet account.
  • Not at your desk, no worries. Our mobile-friendly interface allows you access to resources anytime.
  • We know your time is limited & valuable. Get what you want faster and filter by topic, type, author, and publisher.
With over 5,000 resources, is the most comprehensive library on gender-based violence.With more than 5,000 other resources, papers, reports, videos, podcasts, blog posts, news articles, event listings, and more. Everyday, materials are added to our library, expanding the offerings in five key subject areas:
Visit VAWnet today and have your own experience.

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New Resources on VAWnet

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Did You Know?

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edicated to lifting up and honoring the voices of survivors and advocates. It features interviews with advocates and collaborative partners from the field, real life stories from survivors, and innovative practices in advocacy.

Check out our most recent podcast on Human Trafficking with Freedom Network USA, and read their TAQ: What do I need to know about human trafficking and why?

Podcasts can be heard through the media page or through our NRCDV Radio playlist on You Tube.

Support NRCDV's Work

Your contribution ensures that we can continue to provide resources, training and guidance on the multi-faceted nature of domestic violence and other forms of gender-based violence. Donations support NRCDV’s mission to strengthen and transform efforts to end domestic violence and ensures that we maintain our position as a trusted national leader, renowned for innovation, multi-disciplinary approaches and a commitment to ensuring that policy, practice and research is grounded in and guided by the voices and experiences of domestic violence survivors and advocates.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is a 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of governing law.
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