Dating violence message
Our campaign, “Send A Candy Heart” uses social media to encourage teens and adults alike to send a candy heart pledging specific ways they will work to end dating violence.
Candy hearts are supposed to be fun, sweet, and good, just like healthy relationships!
This problem is widespread, with serious effects, though many teens don’t report it because they’re afraid to tell friends and family: We’re Stopping Dating Violence Communicating, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect keeps relationships healthy and nonviolent. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention @CDCInjury The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Veto Violence initiative provides free and innovative online trainings and interactive resources designed to stop violence before it starts.
You can see how “two teenage girls in an abusive relationship” departs from the pre-existing framework most of us have in our minds around domestic violence.
If you asked a few people walking down the street what “domestic violence” is, it would be pretty rare to get any response referring to teenagers, much less teenagers in a same-sex relationship.
As a final note on terminology: if you think about it, abuse within a relationship is still abuse whether the people in the relationship are 13 or 75, dating or married.
This is why people in the violence prevention field usually say “intimate partner violence” as an umbrella term.
Very few tell anyone who could help, such as a parent, teacher, counselor, or the police.