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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February 1, 2017 - 11:15am

OVS Director Elizabeth Cronin joined domestic violence victim advocates at a Capital Region high school to highlight a new campaign to educate teens and adults about teen dating abuse.

The #controlisntlove social media advertising campaign targets younger audiences and parents through Instagram and Facebook ads that run through the end of February.

“Most victims of dating violence are girls between the ages of 16 and 24, with some victims of domestic violence reporting being abused as young as 11. This startling statistic underscores that teen dating violence is a serious issue,” Ms. Cronin said. “My agency stands with the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and supports its efforts to educate teens, teachers and the public that teens deserve healthy relationships and if they find themselves in an abusive relationship, there is help available and they are not alone.” 

New Yorkers can participate by sending a virtual valentine and a strong message about dating violence and the importance of healthy relationships.  Use social media to share photos of you, your friends and adults in your life holding paper versions of candy conversation hearts with this sentence completed: “I’m changing the message by…” 

And, don’t forget to use the hashtag #controlisntlove and tag @NYSOPDV to spread the love.

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