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For those of you who may not know, February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). When we think of intimate partner violence, we tend to look at it as a common issue for adults. However, intimate partner violence affects the lives of our youth far more often than we think. According to LoveIsRespect.org, “one in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults.”

It is imperative for social workers and service providers to work collaboratively in providing support and resources to our youth in an effort to help them become empowered adults. As this month comes to an end, the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence has orchestrated a global discussion on “Empowered Youth in the Margins: Activism to Action”.

If you are interested in learning more about teen dating violence, you can join the live twitter chat happening tonight on twitter using the hashtag #youthleaders. For more information on the organizations participating in the chat and how to engage in a live twitter chat, view the information below:

Host Organization

This chat will highlight  youth-led social justice efforts at the intersections of oppression and violence. Youth leaders from statewide and community-based social justice  initiatives will share their experiences and perspectives. Join us to learn  and share how empowered youth on the margins are advancing our movement!

Participating Organizations

Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. Our dynamic and diverse team believes that all young people deserve to live in a world where they can thrive. Our values and work centers young people and their lived realities, leadership, vision, and hopes for the future.

GLASS is a safe space for youth 13-25 where YOU can chill, meet other LGBTQQ youth and access some of our many services.

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network aims to mobilize Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence.

The Family & Youth Services Bureau supports organizations & communities that work to , & .

GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works to create a society free of discrimination based on gender identity, HIV status & sexual orientation.

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Working to prevent and eliminate domestic violence, until the violence ends.

National Youth Violence Prevention Week is April 4-8. Start planning your activities now!

The Network/La Red is a survivor-led, social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in LGBQ/T, BDSM and polyamorous communities.

Social Work Helper is a progressive online news magazine dedicated to elevating news, information, and sometimes entertainment relating to social work, social issues, and social good.

How to Participate in Tonight’s Twitter Chat

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Deona Hooper, MSW is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper, and she has experience in nonprofit communications, tech development and social media consulting. Deona has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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