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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February 1

Lima, OH - Every February, young people, their loved ones and other caring individuals join together across the country for a national effort to raise awareness about the issue of teen dating violence through Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This annual, month-long push focuses on advocacy and education to stop dating abuse before it starts.

“We are so excited to be participating in TDVAM again this year. The theme for 2022 is Talk About It.” This is a call to action not only for young people, but for adults as well, to have meaningful conversations about healthy relationships, what we should expect from our partners, and how to support someone who may be experiencing relationship violence,” said Erin Ostling Burkholder, director of outreach & prevention.

Dating violence is unfortunately, very common especially among teens and young adults. One in three teens in the US will experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse from someone they’re in a relationship with before they become adults, and nearly half (43%) of college women report experiencing violent or abusive dating behaviors.

The prevention program at Crime Victim Services began in 2012 and provides culturally appropriate educational curriculum to youth and adults with the express purpose of preventing relationship violence and cultivating a culture where consent and respect for one another is a central tenet. With over 25 years of combined professional education experience, prevention educators deliver an evidence-based curriculum which meets the core educational requirements of the Ohio Department of Education.

Crime Victim Services will be hosting a series of events this month and invites the public to join in raising awareness. Details can be found on their Facebook page at

Crime Victim Services is a local, independent non-profit victim services agency that believes communities thrive when all members prevail over trauma and support one another with empathy and respect.


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