November 2014

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Tools for Teens

News Bits

  • On October 28th, we participated in the #FVPSAyouth Twitter Town Hall hosted by VAWnet. To celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), this discussion centered around the importance of young voices in the movement to end domestic and dating violence and available resources for youth leaders. Check out the Town Hall on Storify, or watch this video to learn more about FVPSA.
  • Eminem is no stranger to controversy, but he crossed a line when he recently rapped that he’ll “punch Lana Del Rey in the face twice like Ray Rice.” Some may brush this off as harmless, but we know that words can cause plenty of damage. Not only do many people experience verbal abuse in their relationships, but the use of violence and abusive lyrics in popular music perpetuates a culture that accepts violence and abuse. Talk to your teen about the music they listen to regularly. What are the lyrics really saying? How does your teen feel about these messages?

Advocate’s Corner

We wanted to share this great video created by the teens at Community Healthcare Network’s Teens P.A.C.T. program in New York City. This is just one in a series of public service announcements collectively titled More Than Just Sex. More Than Just Sex aims to empower young people to make positive decisions, create social change, and reduce the rates of teen pregnancy, STD’s, and HIV in New York City and beyond.

We like the video because it shows how abuse can take many forms and often escalates within an abusive relationship. It’s so important to recognize the warning signs and emphasize to teens what love looks like: it is not controlling, it is not fearful, it is not jealous. Share this video with a teen in your life!

Powerful Resources

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) teamed up with Facebook to create Safety & Privacy on Facebook: A Guide for Survivors of Abuse. They have released this guide in several languages, and you can download it for free from NNEDV’s website.