Youth Against Violence (YAV)
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month 2023
This teen dating violence awareness month STAND!’s Youth Against Violence leaders are making a statement: “Abuse ain’t attractive”. Abuse is often glamorized in popular movies, tv shows, and songs. They tell us that extreme jealousy is just over-protectiveness and that physical abuse is just a passionate display of love. Our teens STAND! against these statements and want to spread the idea that everyone deserves a happy and healthy relationship. Join us this month as we question the messages the media tells us about the kind of love we deserve.
Articles and Artwork developed by YAV leaders
The thing about showcasing abuse in media is that well-portrayed relationships can be incredibly important to survivors who see themselves from a new perspective and may feel less alone. The tricky part is that these relationships can so easily be glamorized and suddenly have the opposite effect on viewers.
Using “he hurt me” and “it felt like true love” together leaves an impression that true love comes from violence.
“When Nate Jacobs smacked Maddy in Euphoria, it really put it into the perspective of what teens can face on an everyday basis in a relationship and how this abuse not only affects the people in the relationships but the people in their lives,” said Anonymous High School Senior.
Abuse Ain't Attractive Playlist on Spotify
|Local Resources||National Resources|
|STAND! For Families Free of Violence
24/7/365 support and crisis line1-888-215-5555 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Call or text support available 24/7/365
|Community Violence Solutions
Support and Services for survivors of sexual assault, rape, and abuse.
Call or text 24/7/365 crisis and support focused on Black, Brown, LGBTQIIA+ of color, Native, and Muslim communities
|Calli House Youth Shelter
Short term housing (4 months) for youth 18/24
|The Trevor Project
Call, chat, or text 24/7/365 crisis and support focused on the LGBTQIIA+ community
|Bay Area Legal Aid
Legal resources for restraining orders, orders of protection following an abusive relationship
24/7 peer support for trans and questioning persons; all calls answered by trans/nonbinary peer operator
|International Rescue Committee
Support and services for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants
|Love is Respect
Call, chat, or text 24/7/365 for support and resources for a healthy dating relationship