Sadly, the chances are pretty high that someone you know will experience it in their lifetimes. So what's that got to do with you?
As a young person, you can change that reality. You and your friends have the extraordinary potential to create peace and a violence-free world.
Read on to find out ways that you can help in your community. You can also see some ways that young people in RI have already helped raise awareness about dating violence and healthy relationships!
Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
See how we've raised awareness and engaged RI teens in the past during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and check out some of the ways that young people in RI have taken a stand against dating violence and for healthy relationships!
Awareness Campaigns Featuring RI Youth
Social Media Contests with RI Teens
PSA: Get Off the Bench!
Our most recent public awareness campaign "Get Off the Bench!" featured URI student athletes saying NO MORE to dating and domestic violence and asking their peers to do the same.
Click below to watch the public service announcement starring the student athletes, which aired on local TV stations in October, national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
PSA: Warning Signs
Digital Story: Kira's Story
PSA: Know What to Do
Watch our 2014 public service announcement (PSA) below, created and enacted by local teens from Young Voices.
Young Voices is a Rhode Island-based non-profit that empowers youth to use their leadership skills for effecting real change in order to improve the lives of young people in RI.
The PSA depicts a dating violence situation that is increasingly common among Rhode Island youth: digital dating abuse revolving around social media.
2014 TV PSA: KNOW WHAT TO DO Aired on local TV stations throughout February
2014 Radio PSA Aired on PANDORA and RI radio stations throughout February
Students from Young Voices record the radio spots at 92 Pro-FM studios
Know What to Do Web Clips
Members of Young Voices, actual students from different schools in Rhode Island, helped create these web clips, showing ways young people can help someone they know who is experiencing dating violence.
Know What to Do: Sharing Concerns & Resources
In this web clip, Sara's friends talk to her about dating violence. Many teens and young adults don't know that they're in an abusive relationship. Knowledge is key to preventing abuse. Sara's friends direct her to NOMORERI.ORG, where she can learn more about the warning signs of dating violence and obtain the Helpline number (1-800-494-8100) for future use.
Know What to Do: Speaking Up
In this web clip, Sara's boyfriend's friends confront him about his controlling behavior. Speaking up when you see or hear abuse is one way to help someone experiencing dating violence.
Lip Sync Video Contest - Facebook
In February 2016, we held a Lip Sync Video Contest for Rhode Islanders ages 12 to 24.
The contest was all about promoting love and respect for one’s self and others and saying NO MORE to dating violence.
Watch the winners below! To everyone who entered, voted, and shared—thank you for “getting off the bench” to help end dating violence!
Grand Prize Winner Olivia – “Brave”
Runner-Up Carley – “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”
People’s Choice (based on number of Facebook votes) Scout – “Lost in the Supermarket”
Contest Promotional Video NK High School Soccer Team
Thank you to players from the North Kingstown High School Girls Soccer Team for creating this Lip Sync Video to help promote the contest!
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