February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and there are plenty of good resources available to make you even better at caring for this patient population:

Love Is Respectsticker-thumbnail-180x180 has both twitter chats (#teendvchat) and webinars, plus Respect Week, February 13-17 (download the guide here). You can check out all of their offerings, and downloadable media on their dedicated page.

VAWnet has a special collection just published on preventing and responding to teen dating violence.

Break the Cycle has a conversation guide for parents on talking to teens about healthy relationships. Don’t let the parent part deter you–there’s plenty in this that will make you better at talking to your adolescent patients.

Check out CDC’s Dating Matters online training; there’s also an interactive guide to informing policy, for those of you who have your hands in that arena.

Interested in some of the research on this topic? You’ll find a solid overview from NIJ here; fact sheet from CDC here (with references).

The National LGBTQ Institute on IPV is hosting a webinar in honor of TDVAM on a topic particularly interesting to me, There’s No One I Can Trust: Rethinking Mandatory Reporting Practices on February 21st at 12pm PST. [I am very conflicted on the issue of mandatory reporting, so I am going to try and attend this one.]