Teen Date Violence Awareness Month

New York City, February 1 – Center Against Domestic Violence, New York City’s leader in teen date violence prevention, is co-sponsor with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz of an event on February 4, 2010 to mark Teen Date Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. The Center is a member of Borough President Markowitz’s Task Force on Teen Violence.

On Friday January 29, Congress declared February Teen Date Violence Awareness & Prevention Month to give Americans the tools to prevent relationship abuse by building healthy relationships.

The Center’s teen peer leaders will hold an after school awareness event at Brooklyn Borough Hall.  Teens will participate in the Clothesline Project by creating commemorative tee shirts in memory of victims of teen relationship abuse.  They will view winning poster designs from the Center’s past prevention poster contests and learn new ways to stop teen relationship abuse.

The Center works full time in seventeen schools across New York City’s five boroughs to prevent relationship abuse.   As Center CEO Judith Kahan says, “The more young men and young women we can reach before they get involved in abusive relationships, the fewer families we’ll need to shelter later on.”

For ten years the Center has been the leading partner with the NYC Human Resources Administration in RAPP – the Relationship Abuse Prevention Program to teach thousands of teens in seventeen NYC schools how to build healthy relationships, how to recognize danger in a relationship and how to plan for safety in dangerous situations.  RAPP gives teens tools to grow into a safe and healthy tomorrow.