Massachusetts teens from Lincoln Sudbury High School's Mentors in Violence Prevention, Boston's Start Strong program and Shawsheen Regional Technical High School talk about healthy relationships, how to breakup safely, and the subtle warning signs for parents.The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is pleased to offer the following ideas and resources for schools and communities to raise awareness of Teen Dating Violence.

See our sample proclamation (printer-friendly/pdf). Portions of it can be read aloud on the PA system or during the morning program. School officials can also use it as a template to issue their own proclamation.

This special collection emphasizes collaborative and multi-level approaches to the prevention of and response to teen dating violence (TDV).

It draws on the work of many organizations and organizes the resources on TDV prevention and responses by different populations.

The first section of this special collection provides general information about teen dating violence.

The next six sections include TDV information related to: 1) young people, 2) parents and care takers, 3) men and boys, 4) teachers and school-based professionals, 5) health care professionals, 6) pregnancy prevention programs, and 7) domestic violence and sexual violence service providers.

The final section presents documents on TDV-related laws and legislation.The special collection concludes with examples of national programs that address TDV and a list of national and statewide organizations and programs.While most materials in this collection focus on TDV prevention and response to young people in high schools, we acknowledge that TDV prevention also includes outreach to younger teens in middle schools and older college students, as well as youth who are not represented in our system of education (runaways, homeless youth, etc.).This special collection will be updated regularly, and new documents will be added as they become available.We welcome your comments, suggestions, and information about documents for this special collection.Please submit your comments via VAWnet's online contact form.