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

SYLC's Healthy Me, Healthy We campaign aims to increase awareness of dating violence and promote healthy relationships among teens. This campaign encourages teens to define not only the “rights,” but also the “responsibilities” that they plan to establish in any relationship–intimate and platonic alike. SYLC believes a healthy relationship starts with a healthy me. Teens have the right to their individuality and independence in a relationship, as well as the responsibility to respect the same in their partner.

You may see campaign posters and stickers in businesses and schools throughout Sitka. The video above 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 has received 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 SYLC for one of their ongoing campaigns focusing on healthy teen relationships. SYLC worked with a graphic designer to bring these materials to life after attending 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.

teen dating violence 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