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Hosting an event is a great way to raise awareness in your community. To make your event the most impactful, don’t forget to register with us! Want to show a video at your event? Check out the video libraries from Break the Cycle and loveisrespect.
Host a celebration themed around healthy relationships like Break the Cycle's Valentine’s Anytime Party. You can even raise funds for one of teenDVmonth's many partner organizations!
Hosting a poetry slam on dating abuse and healthy relationships is a great way to get your community engaged. Start by contacting the manager at your local coffee shop, favorite venue or space on campus. Then pick a date and begin advertising. Food is always a big draw! Are you a teacher? Use these simple steps from the National Educator’s Association (NEA) to get your class started. Don’t forget to encourage participants to present poetry related to teenDVmonth.
There are many great plays about dating violence that you can put on. Pick between The Yellow Dress, The Outrage, I Am Domestic Violence and Don’t U Luv Me? Feel free to be inspired by the theatrical efforts of others like IndyFringe and Theatre Action Project.
Students and community members can enjoy participating in an art show around dating abuse and healthy relationships. Whether you’re leading a club, classroom, online community or group of friends, try to find a way to display the art that makes it most impactful – perhaps publish a booklet or display the art in a public place like the library. You can encourage submissions by making your art show a competition with the winner getting a fun prize.
Organize a rally or picket line by reserving a park or parking lot. Make posters and signs using statistics to raise awareness about abuse. You can also host a candlelight vigil at your house, campus or community center to honor both those who have survived domestic violence and those who have not.
Bringing speakers on campus or to your community group or organization is a great way to start a dialogue around dating violence. Ask someone from a local domestic violence organization or a professor who writes on a related issue. Make sure to reserve the appropriate space and figure out if you need to fundraise to pay for costs like the speaker’s fee, refreshments and audio/visual equipment. Then, promote the event online and through flyers and posters on campus or in your community. Before the day comes, pick someone to introduce the speaker and thank everyone who comes.