Monday, April 21, 2014

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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Dating abuse affects youth in every community across the nation. According to, nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year, and one in three girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. So what do we do about it? Educate our youth about what a safe and healthy relationship looks like. Educate our parents and friends about what symptoms to look for so they can help. Here are some ideas you can submit to schools in your area:

  • Purple Ribbon Campaign: Wear purple ribbons to indicate your stand against teen dating violence.
  • Each morning allow a student to do a PSA over the intercom about teen dating violence. (If you need assistance with the PSA’s please contact our office).
  • Have an information booth set up at home games.
  • Have athletes to wear a purple ribbon, wristband, or shoelaces during home games to raise awareness of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
  • Teen Dating Violence School Assembly: Create an Essay Contest to encourage students to think creatively about the issue of dating violence. Give an award at a school assembly.
  • Distribute materials such as Facts Sheets, Warning Signs, Sexual Assault Handouts, and Teen Legal Rights Brochures. Distribute the information to ALL students to avoid missing students that are too afraid to get the materials in front of their peers.
  • Plan a teen dating violence forum. Invite speakers and community leaders.
  • Purple Day- Wear purple to raise awareness for Teen Dating Violence. (Purple Sock Day! Purple Shirt Day! Purple hair!)
  • Create a school library display highlighting teen dating violence prevention.
  • Collect clothes, toys, baby-items and assorted supplies for the local domestic violence shelter.
  • Post a sign on your school marquee for the community to see that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.


If your school needs assistance in planning for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month or needs additional resource material, please contact Keisha Varnell with the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-800-898-3234 or




Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence

The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence was founded in 1980 by domestic violence shelter programs and advocates for battered women to help all victims of domestic violence. Learn More

Need Help?

The Domestic Violence Shelters of Mississippi are there to provide services to the families affected by domestic violence. Shelter services include: 24 hour crisis line, temporary housing, advocacy and referral programs, counseling, transportation and more.


What is Domestic Violence?

The crime of domestic violence occurs when a person is forced to do what his/her abuser wants through verbal, physical, psychological, or sexual violence.

It is important to remember that while most victims of domestic violence are women—and these women are certainly victims—not all abuse is by men toward women. It is important to remember that there are six types of cases covered by our statute, and that all six occur on the docket almost every order of protection day.

  • Men who commit violence against women.
  • Women who commit violence against men.
  • Men who commit violence against other men, including in homosexual relationships.
  • Women who commit violence against other women, including in lesbian relationships.
  • Adults who commit violence against children.
  • Adults who commit violence against elders.

The patterns of abuse does not usually begin with an act of violence. Psychological abuse, including isolation, minimization of her decision-making abilities and obsessive jealousy, are usually initiated first. Abuse or battering is a system of behaviors to control another person's actions and feelings.

Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive behavior in which one person attempts to control another person through threats or actual use of physical, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual, and/or spirtual abuse.


Legal Notice

This website is intended to provide general information only and is not to be considered legal advice in any manner. If you, a friend, or a family member are experiencing a crime of domestic violence, it is imperative that you contact the authorities and also seek legal advice through an attorney who will be able to represent your interests regarding the legal issues contained herein.

Domestic violence is a crime that not only impacts women. Men can be victims of violence at the hands of women. Violence also occurs between individuals of the same gender. However, for ease of written conversation on this website, the batterer will be referred to as “he” and the victim as “she.”

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