Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) recognizes and participates in the observance of the National Teen Dating Violence (TDV) Prevention and Awareness Month in February. This observance is a national effort to raise awareness and promote the prevention of teen dating violence. Unfortunately, dating violence is more common than many people realize and starts at much younger ages then we expect. We need your help in spreading awareness about dating abuse and in letting our students know they deserve safe and healthy relationships.
Once you download it, you can utilize the BCPS National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month Toolkit’s lessons and activities with your students to raise awareness and promote healthy relationships, while providing skills for intervention with unhealthy violent one. This toolkit has activities for all ages.
Raise awareness and save lives by downloading and using BCPS’s National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month Toolkit!
How Do I Use This Toolkit?
First make sure to download it so you can access the attachments properly. There are innumerable ways your school can celebrate TDV Month in age appropriate and inclusive ways. Utilize the BCPS TDV Month Toolkit’s lessons and activities to raise awareness and promote healthy relationships, while providing skills for intervention with unhealthy violent ones. Ideally TDV Month will be incorporated into your school’s year-round violence prevention efforts. You can choose to celebrate all month, focus on a single week like Respect Week, or build up to one large TDV event. Key elements are included in this toolkit, and success is insured by planning in advance.
Each week in February, this Toolkit will provide you:
- Activities for classroom, club or schoolwide events
- Brochures and fact sheets
- Resources and hotlines for help
- Curriculum to utilize in the classroom, and
- Announcements to use over the intercom, on the school website, in newspapers blurbs, and/or in the creation of PSAs
Please Note: Any program or website being mentioned here does not imply endorsement by the School Board of Broward County and does not necessarily reflect its views. Please contact the programs directly for the most current information.
Dating Matters – This 60-minute, interactive training is designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations, and others working with teens to understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence.
Discovery Health curriculum – Office of Prevention has purchased a site license for every school in the District and it has numerous lesson plans, videos and classroom activities. Access it via Broward County Public School’s BEEP Portal.
Department of Health, FL: Sexual Violence Prevention Program (SVPP)
FREE Prevention Resources: a list of materials and curriculum divided into the four strands of prevention.
US Department of Justice: Dating violence resources
First Call for Help, 211 Broward: A 24-hour, free, confidential telephone Helpline for crisis/suicide counseling, empathetic listening and community information and referrals for health and human services resources in Broward County. Just Dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211 or access the directory online.
The National Center for Victims of Crime: The Youth Initiative, National Crime Victim Helpline 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474/1-866-331-8453
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Presidential Proclamation: presidential-proclamation-national-teen-dating-violence-awareness-and-pr February
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Teen Resources: www.teendvmonth.org February
National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
Reality Avenue’s “Relationships: What is REAL Love?” ½ hour prevention programs created by Office of Prevention using Broward County students. Each and every show has FCAT and Sunshine State Standard classroom exercises created for teachers and counselors to use with their students. To view this Reality Avenue show CLICK HERE. //www.browardprevention.org/reality-avenue/reality-avenue-grades-6-12/relationships/ To view the Reality Avenue Classroom Exercises and discussion prompters webpage, CLICK HERE. //www.browardprevention.org/resources/violence-prevention/reality-avenue/relationships/relationships-classroom-exercises/
Safe Dates – Office of Prevention has purchased access for this curriculum on Discovery Health and it is accessed via Broward County Public School’s BEEP Portal. Safe Dates can be purchased by others through Hazelden
Switchboard of Miami, (305) 358-HELP (4357)
Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month: a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships during the month of February.
Women In Distress of Broward County– Broward Hotline 954-761-1133; Provides victims of domestic violence with safe shelter, crisis intervention and resources, and educates the community in order to Stop Abuse For Everyone (SAFE) through Intervention, Education and Advocacy.