Did you know that nearly 1.5 million high school students in the United States are physically abused by dating partners every year? Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average. Every February we raise awareness about the prevalence of teen dating violence and share ways that youth and parents can get involved. Below are 4 resources that you can use and share to raise awareness this month.

 1.   Healthy relationship quiz.

 

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Our friends at Love is Respect have developed an easy, interactive quiz to help teens evaluate their relationships. This is a great resource to use to check in on your own relationship or share with those you know to help them determine if their relationships are healthy, unhealthy, or abusive.

Take the quiz

 2.   Know your dating rights.

 

Dating Rights FOR POSTER

Our Domestic Violence Education and Prevention team developed this Dating Rights Card to help teens stay mindful of what they should be able to feel safe doing or feeling while in a relationship. Knowing these dating rights will help you or the youth in your life determine how healthy your relationships are.

 

3.    Learn how to talk about consent.

Consent can mean a lot of things. In the context of healthy relationships, it means all people are talking openly and deciding together on what activities they want to engage in. This is true for any aspect of intimate relationships, including holding hands, hugging, kissing, sex, sexting, or anything related to bodies, even if it doesn’t include physical contact.

Here’s a graphic breaking it down for you.

Checking in with your partner doesn’t have to be awkward or “ruin the mood.” Consent and open communication are keys to healthy, positive sexual experiences, and actually make them more enjoyable for everyone.

 

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4.     Learn how to have difficult conversations

 

Whether you are a parent or an adult that works with youth, having potentially difficult conversations with the youth in your life about healthy relationships can be one of the most important things you can do. These conversations can help youth know who they can safely share their experiences with and help them understand consent and their dating rights.

 

Tips for Difficult Conversations Card

 

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