Love is Light: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)

What is Teen Dating Violence?

As part of our extensive set of online resources, our glossary of terminology provides an explanation of Teen Dating Violence.

Teen Dating Violence. Like Intimate Partner Violence, Teen Dating Violence (TDV) is violence or abuse by one person against another when involving individuals in an intimate relationship. In cases of TDV the individuals involved are most commonly but not always between the ages of 13 and 17.

One in Three

Studies have shown that one in three high school students experience physical and/or sexual violence from the person they are dating or “going out with.” With this statistic it’s imperative that we communicate and encourage healthy relationship habits. Learn more about warning signs and how to detect when abuse is happening.


Shine the Light Foundation’s

Education and Community Events for TDVAM

Take the Love is Light Pledge. Complete one or more of the following pledge cards and share it on social media to show your support—use the following hashtags: #shinethelight #tdvawarenessmonth and tag us @shinethelightfoundation. Feel free to write comments or show off your healthy relationship (e.g. MG+MK) within the heart!

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Love is Light Wall. Publicly shared pledge cards will be presented together to form a Love is Light Wall that represents a collective community voice promoting and encouraging healthy teen dating behavior.

Become a TDV Teen Advocate. High School teens can apply to join the foundation’s inaugural community group on Teen Dating Violence Awareness.


Become a TDV Community Advocate. Members of the community can apply to join the foundation’s inaugural community group on Teen Dating Violence Awareness.


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