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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

Teen dating violence awareness starts with recognizing healthy relationships. Lots of folks are talking about it - and taking action too!

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What's Happening Around the Commonwealth

Allegheny County
Crisis Center North is working with students within its school district to organize a series of informational and educational programs during the first week of February. Events include Purple Wrist Band Day on Feb. 1 and Respect Day on Feb. 3.

Bucks County
A Woman’s Place is working with several young adults to launch a blog writing campaign in area high schools. Every Monday in February students will learn about healthy relationships during morning announcements. There will also be a social media campaign and Healthy Relationships Pledge.

Centre County
Centre County Women’s Resource Center will host Straight Talk Sessions about Teen Dating Violence on Feb. 16 at Mount Nittany Middle School Library from 7 p.m.
– 8:30 p.m.

Columbia/Montour Counties
The Women’s Center, Inc. of Columbia/Montour is taking its interactive photo booth to four different area high schools to raise awareness about healthy relationships. You can view the photos taken on Twitter by searching #Selfies4SaferTeens.

Cumberland/Perry Counties
Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties is hosting a writing contest for high school and college students throughout Cumberland and Perry Counties. The deadline to enter your essay is Feb. 26. First place winners receive a $50 Visa gift card and will be featured in the newsletter. Submit essays online
to Sierra McCulloch : smcculloch@dvscp.org or mail to: P.O. Box 1039, Carlisle, PA, 17013.

Lackawanna/ Susquehanna Counties
The Women’s Resource Center will host Orange Day at Tripp Elementary School on Feb. 9 with information about healthy relationships. Advocates will also visit Lackawanna and Susquehanna County area high schools to educate students about the warning signs of unhealthy teen dating.

Luzerne County
Domestic Violence Service Center is hosting a series of Teen Dating Violence Awareness classes at various community centers in the area. The classes will also include training for social service staff.

Philadelphia County
Lutheran Settlement House is having a skating party for teens! The skating party will promote teen networking, healthy communication, healthy relationships and leadership. It will be held on Feb. 25 at the Rolling Thunder Skating Center in Philadelphia from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. For more information, contact Julia Abreu at 267-265-5208.

Congreso De Latinos Unidos, Inc. invites you to join their Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Party at 2800 N. American Street in Philadelphia, on Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. There will be free food, a DJ, prizes and performances.

Wayne County
Victim’s Intervention Program will be featured as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Day on Feb. 10 at Honesdale High School.

On Feb. 16 at Western Wayne High School, and on Feb. 19 at Wallenpaupack High School, Victim’s Intervention Program will have a table in the front of the cafeteria with teen dating violence informational posters, as well as Project Connect and information cards. A video about teen dating violence will air during the morning announcements.

On Feb. 18, the Wayne County Commissioners will read a proclamation at the Wayne County Courthouse in Honesdale recognizing Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Washington County
Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA invites you to participate in a Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Video Contest. The video should be between two and five minutes long showing why you say NO MORE to dating violence and abuse. Email your entry to dvsspgreene@peacefromdv.org with your name, email address and phone number. DVSSP will also be busy hosting other TDVAM events throughout February, which include Wear Orange 4 Love Day on Feb. 9 and a dating violence presentation on Feb. 11 at FCCLA Vo-Tech.

For more information about all of these events, follow us on Twitter: @PCADVorg

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