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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

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teen-dating-violence-awareness-month-2013February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). Beyond giving us an opportunity to highlight this very serious and common issue, TDVAM also allows the WCA to highlight a more positive topic: the importance of teaching, modeling and understanding healthy relationships.

Healthier relationships between young people improve their own lives and ultimately build healthier and stronger families, schools, and communities. TDVAM offers some great opportunities to start having these conversations. While it might seem obvious to you, unfortunately many young people do not truly understand what a healthy relationship. Especially with the messages from pop culture and the increased presence of social media in our lives, many individuals often have an inaccurate idea of what constitutes a healthy relationship.

Making sure the young people in your life understand this concept is an especially important key to abuse prevention because it provides concrete, positive goals such as communication, respect, and boundaries. One great way to start the conversation with the youth in your life is to simply ask a question and listen attentively to the answer (for example, “How do you define trust?” “Do you feel comfortable saying ‘no’ to your boyfriend/girlfriend/friends?”).

It’s also important to offer a nonjudgmental, supportive environment for teens and young adults to talk about abuse. Whether they are experiencing dating abuse or an unhealthy relationship, have questions about what that means, or know someone who is being abused, many young people want to talk to someone but don’t know how to bring it up or fear being judged or lectured. You don’t need to have all the answers or get everything perfect to create a safe space. Simply saying “If you need to talk, I will listen” can make all the difference.

To learn more about what’s happening this month and to find resources about healthy relationships, dating abuse, and how to start the conversation, check out our Teen DV Month page.


Jun 22


WCA 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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Oct 01


SueB 5k and Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k The 14th annual SueB 5k will be on October 1, 2023 and we hope you can join us! We invite you to join us to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k […]

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