2012 February – National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

What is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month?

Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

Teen dating violence does not only hurt young victims, but also their families, friends, schools and communities.  Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educated young people about relationships, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.

Click here to learn more about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

You can also read President Obama’s proclamation designating this February  National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, 2012 by clicking here.


This February, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined representatives from Break the Cycle and Verizon Leadership at an assembly at the Mendez Learning Center for Math and Science to commemorate the third annual Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.

Each year in February, the City brings together advocacy, corporate, and government resources to teach teens about healthy relationships and the importance of breaking cycles of violence as they enter adulthood.

“I know firsthand how damaging violence can be to relationships, and I know how essential resources are to the healing process,” Mayor Villaraigosa said.  ”As a City, we can always do more to break the cycle of violence in our young adults and keep our communities healthy and safe.”

The Mayor also announced the new “Let Your Heart Rule” campaign, a collaborative effort by the City of Los Angeles, Break the Cycle, and Verizon.  Through the campaign, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles School Police Department will distribute more than 4000 “Let Your Heart Rule” information cards to students and victims of dating violence across the City this month.

The campaign also invited students across Los Angeles County to raise awareness about teen dating violence through a PSA contest.