DOVE’s Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Program continues to be a success! We visit with schools and youth groups with the goal of educating teenagers about TDV, Bullying, Dating Rights, Technology Safety, and a variety of related topics. We also work directly with teen clients who experience abuse.
If you would like us to come to your school or group to present about TDV, please fill out one of our TDV Request Forms. All presentations are free.
- DOVE Youth Program Presentation Request Form: Use this form if you want to request presentations for youth.
- DOVE Professionals Working With DHH Youth Training Request Form: Use this form if you want to request presentations/training for professionals or parents.
General Information About TDV:
TDV can happen to anyone who is dating or in a relationship. It doesn’t matter how old you are, your religion, whether you’re rich or poor, whether you’re popular or not, your ethnicity, your sexual orientation, where you live, and whether you’re Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf Blind, or hearing. It can happen to anyone. No one deserves abuse.
- Ages 16-24 experience the highest amounts of relationship violence. (Break the Cycle)
- About 1 in 4 teens reports verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse each year. (American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 1996)
- Anger does not cause abuse. Drugs and alcohol do not cause abuse either. Abuse happens because someone wants to control the other person.
- More than 1 in 4 (26%) teenage girls in a relationship report enduring repeated verbal abuse (Liz Claiborne Inc. study, 2005)
- Our society tolerates a lot of violence. We must take action when we see violence happening to others! It is our business. Abuse is unacceptable and illegal!
- 1 in 4 teens in a relationship say they have been called names, harassed or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting. (Liz Claiborne Inc. study, 2007)
- 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse. (Liz Claiborne Inc. study, 2005.)