Dating Abuse – Infographics



More than 60 % of adolescents who date (both boys and girls) said they had experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse from a partner, according to the National Survey on Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence published in 2016.

“These relationships set the stage for future relationships,” additionally this abuse could lead to long-lasting emotional scars like anxiety, depression, substance use, antisocial behavior, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts.

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Top 5 Healthy Relationship Must Haves

1. Kindness: I DESERVE someone who is gentle, kind and shows empathy.

2. Trust: I DESERVE someone who I can confide in and feel safe with.

3. Loyalty: I DESERVE someone who is reliable, committed and supports me.

4. Strong Character: I DESERVE someone who brings out the best in me.

5. Respect: I DESERVE someone who listens, respects my boundaries, my thoughts, my opinions, my choices, and my body. I have the right to set limits, ask for space, and to say no.



Social media is a great tool when it comes to raising awareness about the importance of healthy relationships. Do your part and let your posts ROAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat this February. Talk, repost, re-share, retag and re-blog!

Use this hashtag to share what love and respect means to you!
This is our hashtag for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
Love is Respect, our national partner will repost the best photos, to help us amplify our message

Start the conversation about healthy friendships and relationships online.

Share your thoughts on healthy relationships, digital boundaries and ways to best help friends with these online actions.


Use #teenDVmonth, #whatisLOVEteens & #txloveis and share how you’re promoting healthy friendships and relationships this month. Tweet a photo showing what healthy digital friendships and dating means to you by using the hashtags.

2- Create Instagram or Vine videos talking about healthy friendships and relationships including digital relationships and use the #whatisLOVE #teenDVmonth, #txloveis when you post it.DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU SAY? NO WORRIES—



Use these posts if you need some inspiration to get started during 2019 Teen DV Month. You can also repost from @whatisLOVEteens on Twitter @whatisLOVEteens or Instagram @whatisLOVEteens!

One in three teens in Santa Barbara County experiences dating abuse—and I think that’s one too many! I’d love for you to join me in raising awareness about dating abuse and promoting healthy relationships during February, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. I believe that everyone deserves a healthy, safe and respectful relationship! Check out more information about healthy dating at
There are different types of healthy relationships, and you are deserving of finding someone who treats you with kindness and respect. #whatisLOVEteens #teenDVmonth, #txloveis.
You deserve to feel supported, empowered, secure and safe in your relationships. Text “listen” to 74741 to chat. #whatisLOVEteens #teenDVmonth, #txloveis.
Happy love yourself day! You have choices and options when you open the door to a relationship. Take the time you need to find out what works for you, and make sure to set clear boundaries. #whatisLOVEteens #teenDVmonth, #txloveis.

1 in 3 teens experience dating abuse. These first love experiences create the foundation for all your future relationships.  check out for info, help & resources #whatisLOVEtens #teenDVmonth, #txloveis.
43% of LGBTQ teens report experiencing physical dating violence compared to 29% of hetero youth. We say NO MORE! Text “loveis” to 741741 for support! #loveisrespect #teenDVmonth #whatisLOVEteens





It’s a national effort carried on by youth activists, community leaders, and national and local organizations, to raise awareness about abuse in teen relationships and promote programs that prevent it.

What is LOVE, Youth Wellness Connection high school clubs, and Domestic Violence Solutions launch the Love Yourself Campaign in our local high schools to bring awareness to healthy dating and friendships.

Dating violence is more common than many people think. One in three teens in the U.S. will experience physical, sexual or emotional abuse by someone they are in a relationship with before they become adults. These first love experiences set a young person up for the rest of their lives and it is how they learn to define intimate relationships.

Helping teens build healthy relationship skills that focus on boundaries, respect, kindness, consent, and respectful communication are key factors in preventing teen dating violence. And creating strong support networks give teens places to share experiences in a trusted space while fostering resiliency.

 Help us spread awareness and stop dating abuse before it starts!

The Youth Wellness Council [YWC] is a high school leadership program of the Mental Wellness Center that educates, empowers and engages students. Students meet weekly at each high school to raise awareness and reduce stigma around issues such as unhealthy relationships that can impact mental health. The LOVE YOURSELF Campaign activities include;

  • High School Wide Poster Distribution (Carpinteria through Goleta) – February 1st
  • National School Announcement – February 11th
  • Love yourself high school outreach with lunch tabling and activities – February 14th
  • Real Stories on Instagram – February 15th

Christy Stillwell M.A. Psy., founder and executive director of What is LOVE explains, “Dating abuse prevention is a difficult topic to approach; that’s where What is LOVE can help. We have a variety of researched programs and materials that can be implemented in all school and community settings”.

About What Is LOVE

What is LOVE offers evidenced-based programming to help teens build healthy loving relationship skills and prevent dating violence to every high school in Santa Barbara County. We serve 25,000 students, parents, and teachers each year with comprehensive assessment of current school safety measures and how we can enhance and support sustainable physical, emotional, digital, and sexual abuse prevention education. Programming includes school-based workshops, student leadership trainings, and professional learning for school staff, and parents. All programming is available in English and Spanish.

What is LOVE prevention programs:

  • Strengthen students’ social emotional skills
  • Increase students’, parents’ and educators’ ability to identify abuse
  • Increase students’ ability to ask for help
  • Connect students to school and community resources

Learn more about our work at or visit our website

About Mental Wellness Center

The Mental Wellness Center (MWC) is the non-profit organization that recognizes mental illness is a community matter affecting us all. Providing education and support, MWC is dedicated to meeting the immediate and future needs of our Youth, Adults, Families, and the greater Community. Visit for more information. Learn more about Youth Wellness Connection at or contact Rachael at

About Domestic Violence Solutions

Domestic Violence Solutions is dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence by providing prevention and intervention services, emotional support and advocacy to those in crisis, and playing a leadership role in effecting social change. For more information, please contact Julia Black, Marketing & Communications Officer, DVS, • 805-963-4458 x 110 or visit

For more information contact:

Christy Stillwell M.A., Executive Director, What Is Love | 805.705.0011

Rachael Steidl, Youth Wellness Connection | 805.448.2426

Partnering with Impact Hub

What is LOVE, a YouthWell Coalition member is happy to partner with Impact Hub for 17 AGAIN • A community conversation about teen mental health today – a mental wellness night providing parents and our community with tools and resources to support youth. Discover what it is like to be in high school today, and to learn more about how teen mental health affects EVERYONE. This interactive night will feature a panel of experienced community professionals who will provide you with tangible tools on how to talk to someone who is struggling, what relevant warning signs to look out for, how to take care of yourself, and what resources are offered in Santa Barbara.

In community,