Teen Dating Violence Awareness

SYLC is committed to educating our peers about the red flags or warning signs of unhealthy and abusive relationships and their rights and responsibilities in every relationship. It is important to know a person of any identity can be in an unhealthy relationship, and dating violence is simply too common an issue to ignore- 1.5 million high schoolers report having experienced either abusive or controlling behaviors in a dating relationship. SYLC strives to drive down this number by spreading messages and providing education aimed at preventing unhealthy relationships.


In a healthy relationship, you have the right to be yourself and have the freedom to be independent. You also have the responsibility to respect your partner’s privacy, independence, and interests.


Unhealthy relationships can take many forms- they can be between friends and family as well as romantic partners. If you think a friend or family member might be in an unhealthy or abusive relationship, know that the best way you can show your support is by listening to them, acknowledging their feelings, and respecting their decisions. Check out the resources below to find help. And remember, everyone has the right to feel safe in their relationship.

If you have questions about Teen Dating Violence or think that you need help, call SAFV's crisis hotline at 800-478-6511

Healthy Me, Healthy We Campaign

Just in time for 2019's Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, the Sitka Youth Leadership is proud to launch the Healthy Me, Healthy We Campaign! This campaign aims to increase awareness of dating violence and promote healthy relationships among teens. SYLC believes a healthy relationship starts with a healthy me.

We are also very happy to announce the release of our new materials as part of this campaign! SYLC has put up posters and stickers in businesses throughout Sitka. The video below can also be seen in movie theaters in Sitka, Juneau, and Ketchikan

SYLC would also like to extend a huge thank you to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) for supporting our campaign and distributing our materials throughout the state! Every school in Alaska will be receiving our materials. Additionally, students might recognize SYLC's design in ads taken out by CDVSA on Snapchat and YouTube.

This collection of posters and stickers were developed, designed, and created by the Sitka Youth Leadership Committee (SYLC). SYLC is a group of youth based out of Sitka who strive to promote positive values such as acceptance, diversity, and equity in their schools and communities. These materials were created for one of their ongoing campaigns focusing on healthy teen relationships. Over the last year, SYLC worked with a graphic designer to bring these and two other campaign concepts to life. Before creating these materials, members attended in depth trainings about imagery in advertising and media to gather knowledge on how to convey the best message possible. Everything from the background colors to the big, bold tagline came from the minds of students in SYLC. SYLC will release these posters, and the others they developed, over the course of the year in conjunction with their various other campaign events and projects.

TDV Resources

  • Resources and help in Sitka: safv.org

    • Sitkans Against Family Violence (SAFV) operates a 24/7 crisis line by staff trained in crisis intervention and domestic violence. SAFV offers confidential support for people in any type of violent situation or with impending safety concerns. SAFV also has a shelter for women and children who are current or past victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

    • Call: 800-478-6511

    • Text: 907-623-7820

  • Resources and help in Alaska: andvsa.org