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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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Tracy Darling-DeMarcus Prevention Program Manager

February is recognized nationally as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Unfortunately, abuse in relationships among teens is all too common. Each year, millions of teens experience violence by dating partners. And according to LoveIsRespect.org (the leading national resource for teens experiencing dating violence), 82% of parents thought they could recognize teen dating violence but less than half could actually identify the warning signs.

Preventing violence can start at home by talking openly and honestly about relationships with the young people in your life. Whether you are a parent, aunt, uncle or friend of someone with children, you have the power to share information, model positive behaviors and support youth who may have experienced an unhealthy or abusive relationship.

Here are a few things you can do during TDVAM:

  • Educate yourself on healthy relationships, red flags, recognizing relationship abuse and how to support a child experiencing dating violence. This site is a great place to start!
  • Start a conversation with your child or young person you care about. If they aren’t dating or their relationship is healthy, it can still be helpful for them to know that you are a safe person to talk with about all of their relationships, romantic or not. If you are concerned for their safety or suspect dating abuse, this guide may be helpful for starting that conversation.
  • Encourage them to learn more about relationships! Young people are exploring and discovering new things about relationships every day. Share resources and tools with them, like this quiz to determine if their relationship is healthy!

Remember, we are all worthy of safe, healthy relationships!

EVENTS

Apr 24

2024

Denim Day

April 24, 2024 is Denim Day Order your Denim Day Outreach Kit! Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. While he was initially […]

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Apr 25

2024

WCA Virtual Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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May 07

2024

WCA Virtual Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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May 12

2024

Closets for Cause & Mother’s Day Dinner with Chandlers

Visit Chandlers on Mother’s Day, May 12th, to support the WCA through their Closets For A Cause event! This clothing pop-up is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. and we know you will find something you love. Additionally, visit https://www.chandlersboise.com/ to reserve your spot for their Mother’s Day Prix Fixe dinner, with proceeds […]

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May 23

2024

WCA Virtual Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Sep 03

2024

2024 Joyce Stein Award Celebration

HONORING THOSE WHO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN The Joyce Stein Memorial Award is given in memory of Boisean Joyce Ann Stein, a long-time supporter of the WCA (YWCA). Each year an individual who has made a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women is honored. After […]

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