Things YOU Can Do to Prevent Dating Violence!

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  • Model respectful communication and non-violent behavior in your relationships.
  • Educate yourself about dating violence: Explore our website!
  • Never blame a victim/survivor of abuse- be sure to listen and always believe them.
  • Be supportive! You can offer support by telling a victim it’s not their fault, helping them stay safe, and always offering a safe space to talk.  Learn more ways you can be supportive here.
  • Hold abusers accountable for their behavior. Call out the abusive behavior but don’t put down the boyfriend/girlfriend. Focus on the behavior- not the person.
  • Speak out against victim-blaming attitudes and myths about dating/domestic violence. For example, if someone says, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” you can explain that leaving can be the most dangerous time for someone in an abusive relationship.
  • Question and challenge gender roles that normalize violence against heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer women/men. Speak out against sexist and homophobic jokes, attitudes, and behaviors. Help create inclusive, safe spaces for everyone!
  • Challenge violence/oppression in all its forms: racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ableism, ageism, etc…
  • Find out what your school, church, or neighborhood is doing to prevent dating violence. For example, ask your teachers, counselors, and principals to create policies to protect survivors of dating abuse, sexual harassment, homophobia, and racism.
  • Volunteer and raise funds for your local domestic violence agency, such as TAP!1

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