Librarians, Plan Ahead for February: National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

love doesnt hurtTo support your library’s health programming strategy, here are February 2014 health programming ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Why Focus on Teen Dating Violence Awareness?

Teen dating violence is a problem in every community in this country. One-third of all teens and young adults are victims of some kind of dating violence, whether physical, emotional, sexual, or digital – a rate that is much higher than any other type of teen violence. Sadly, only one-third of victims ever tell anyone and most teens and adults aren’t aware that dating violence is such a significant issue for teens. Clearly, an information gap exists, but fortunately with Valentine’s Day a big focus, February is set aside for Teen Dating Violence Awareness.

Whether you are looking for quick links to trustworthy statistics, teen programming ideas, a good book club idea, or ready-to-go publicity tools, bringing Teen Violence Awareness Month to your library will be easy with this collection of free online resources presented to you here from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Quick and Easy

For Teens

Featured Resources


Trustworthy Online Resources

Book Club

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
Penguin, 2000

From the Publisher: Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she’s in too deep to get herself out.”

Tie In: Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Host a Teen Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at your library, and tie in Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Anti-Valentine’s Day Party Ideas

Community Resources

Team up with national and local organizations,  join social networking communities, or point family caregivers to local resources.

Publicity Resources

Fun Stuff and Cool Tools

Goof off at the reference desk and amaze your friends on Twitter . . . OR add a fun, interactive experience to a library program and enhance your library website with these fun and interesting links:


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