Monday, February 23rdat 5:30pm

  • Downtown Central Library Faulkner Gallery
  • 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA


This is the message administrators and faculty at Santa Barbara Unified School District are sharing with teens as What is LOVE gears up to recognize February as National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Awareness Month

Please join:

  • Mayor Pro Tem Gregg Hart
  • Santa Barbara Youth Council
  • Council Member Cathy Murillo
  • Representative from Congress Woman Lois Capps office
  • Representative from Senator Hanna Beth Jackson office
  • Santa Barbara Public Library

Monique Limon, Board of Education member shared, “I am excited that every effort is being made to help our students be successful. This includes helping our students understand the identify unhealthy relationships. I am thankful to Christy Haynes and her organization What is LOVE for partnering with the Santa Barbara Unified School  District to change the troubling reality that ONE in THREE students in the county experiences dating abuse.”

What is DATING ABUSE? The physical, sexual, digital, verbal, psychological/emotional abuse within a dating relationship, as well as stalking. It can occur in person or electronically and may occur between a current or former dating partner. ONE in THREE teens in Santa Barbara County experience dating abuse and most never ask for help.

Love is trustDID YOU KNOW? Youth who are harmed by teen dating abuse are more likely to do poorly in school, binge drink, attempt suicide, engage in physical fighting, and have a greater likelihood of teen pregnancy. DATING ABUSE does not discriminate. Teens participating in or experiencing dating abuse come from lower-income families as well as upper income families. They represent the entire spectrum of racial and cultural colors, educational levels, and sexual orientation.

February events

  • Monday, February 23rdat 5:30 I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE CAMPAIGN Downtown Central Library Faulkner Gallery
  • 6-WEEK HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WORKSHOPS: Begin this month at every high school
  • TEEN ART WALL INSTALLATION AND ACTIVITIES: Located in the main Lobby of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu.
  • Check out a book from the Library February Reading list in the Teen Corner
  • Sign the I STAND FOR HEALTHY LOVE pledge at
  • TAKE the dating quiz
  • Post a LOVE IS … healthy love quality on Social Media #whatisloveteens located in the Teen Corner.



For more information please contact Christy Haynes, What is LOVE Founder at (805-705-0011).                

Community Partners and Sponsors:

  • Santa Barbara Central Library

Contact: Jayne LeeYouth and Teen Services Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 805-564-5646

  • Santa Barbara Youth Council

Contact: Susan Young (805) 897-2650