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Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2022


Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 2022
Youth in the Lead: Uplift One Another

We’re excited to announce the theme for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month for 2022: Uplift One Another.

Uplift One Another captures the essence of preventing teen dating violence. Stopping dating and domestic violence before they ever occur requires stopping the conditions that support violence, and promoting conditions that prevent violence. We must end systemic/cultural power imbalances (sexism, racism, homophobia, etc), and instead build healthier communities, form strong connections, and know our self worth — in other words we must uplift one another. Whether it’s uplifting yourself, a friend, your partner(s), or your community, in order to prevent violence we must uplift.

Take action

Campaign events 


February 8– Wear Orange Day

Wear orange to raise awareness for Teen Dating Violence! Be sure to tag us @ca_partnership on instagram and @cpedvcoalition on twitter, and use the hashtag #TDVAPM

February 28 – Youth Discussion about Healthy Relationship Education and Community Organizing

Calling all youth! Connect with your peers across the state who are also working to end teen dating violence! We’ll gather virtually to acknowledge the added stress of the pandemic, discuss self and community care, explore how we’ve adapted outreach efforts, and learn about how build community solidarity while educating peers about healthy relationships.


Ongoing all month

Take Action for Prevention Funding

We’re asking everyone to urge their legislators and Governor Newsom to provide ongoing funding in the final budget to continue the critical prevention work that has previously been funded across the state. Governor Newsom’s January budget failed to include our requested $15 million in prevention funding to support these vital programs. Funding is essential to create and sustain programs to prevent domestic violence and sexual violence.

Access the toolkit

Don’t have a Twitter account? Tell us why you think prevention is important and we’ll tweet for you

Social Media 

We have found that the most successful campaigns make good use of authentic messengers. In the spirit of equity, we encourage you to gather the voices of youth from your prevention programs to create your TDVAPM social media content! Here are some prompts to guide these conversations as well as a graphics template.  

  • What do you want people to know about teen dating violence prevention activism that takes place outside of school? 
  • What would you want adults to say to each other to encourage their peers to support youth? 
  • How is your teen dating violence prevention club using social media for activism? 
  • What works to prevent teen dating violence and connected forms of violence? 

Don’t forget — It is best practice to confirm consent to share the responses from youth who are participating. You may also need the consent of parents.

Spread awareness and post about TDVAPM share the graphic below and use the zoom background.

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Calling all adult preventionists: Learn directly from youth about how to make your outreach more meaningful and inclusive, as well as build youth capacity for social justice organizing: Access the Youth in the Lead Outreach Toolkit – An Educational Guide Developed by Youth Leaders, for Adult Preventionists

We asked the TDVAPM Youth Advisory Committee how they’d guide adult preventionists’ outreach efforts to youth. Stay tuned for a number of strategies for building meaningful relationships with youth in the outreach process, increasing inclusivity, and building the capacity for social justice organizing.

Help local domestic violence organizations. Donate some money or time to your local domestic violence organization and learn how to connect with them. Follow them on social media to learn about the ways they’re serving your community. Click here for a map of domestic violence organizations in California. Click here to learn about StrongHearts Native Helpline, which serves Native and Indigenous survivors.

Learn about how you can make a difference in your everyday interactions with our interactive stories.

Pass a local proclamation declaring February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Sample TDVAPM 2022 Proclamation template 


Meet the Advisory Council  

Thank you to our TDVAPM Youth Advisory Council for all their work and guidance. 

  • Christopher Petrosian, KNOW MORE – Marjaree Mason Center
  • Estrella Torres, Youth Mentor Program – Center for A Non Violent Community
  • Cailyn Mendoza, KNOW MORE – Marjaree Mason Center
  • Riley Strunk, KNOW MORE – Marjaree Mason Center
  • Alyssa Fuellas Ayala, Jeneration J – Jenesse Center
  • Angel Quintanilla, Youth Against Violence – STAND! For Families Free of Violence
  • Tavita Lealao, Youth Against Violence – STAND! For Families Free of Violence

Meet the Campaign Visual Artist: Nina Wang

Bio: Hi, I’m Nina! I’m a 17-year-old high school senior from San Jose. Ever since I was young, I’ve loved all things art related whether it’s painting, crafting, or even taking nice looking notes. These skills have helped me with last minute gift giving in the past, but now help me in raising awareness and promoting self-expression. As a way of discouraging fast-fashion, I try to customize my older clothing or create my own. Besides drawing, I drift towards hobbies such as knitting, crocheting, and sewing. At my school, I started a club where members learn to knit and crochet for charity; donating items such as blankets, scarves, or handmade plushies. In the future, I hope to not only improve my technical art skills but also to continue helping people when I can — amplifying the voices that often go unheard. I wish to combine my passion for design with technology and graduate with a degree in computer science and design. You can follow her on instagram at @artsy.coma

Artist Statement: Since this piece is focused on bringing awareness to teen dating violence and prevention, I decided to focus on the roots of domestic violence. Oftentimes, unhealthy relationships can be prevented if individuals understand their self-worth and treat their peers with respect and honesty. I wanted to emphasize the importance of diversity and acceptance as well as self-love. With more love shown to communities that are often discriminated against, we can promote a more healthy and tolerant society. The tagline “Uplift one Another” is a simple way of conveying that equality and kindness. These words are paired with bubbles that can be interpreted as personal space or as a symbol of uplifting.