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No matter who you are, what you look like, or how old you are, you can be courageous! Being courageous means standing up for what’s right, even when nobody else does. Below are some resources and guides to help you teach others about having respectful relationships.
Relationship Rights & Responsibilities
EVERYONE deserves respect! Respect in a relationship means you treat each other equally and fair. You shouldn’t cross other people’s boundaries and no one should cross yours. An example of respectful boundaries is NOT pushing someone to do something they don’t want to do. When you say no, your partner should respect that.
How to Help A Friend Who Is Being Abused
It’s common for someone who is experiencing dating violence to not reach out for help, so don’t be surprised or take it personally. They may feel ashamed or afraid for their safety or even yours if they were to bring you into it. Your friend may experience frequent threats and fear of physical violence or even death can keep them from reaching out for help. They may also fear being pushed to leave the relationship when it might be unsafe to do so. Here’s some suggestions for helping a friend who’s being abused
Tips on Taking Action to Prevent Teen Dating Abuse
This toolkit was created by the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) Statewide Youth Advisory Board to provide ideas for youth activists across the state to educate their friends about teen dating violence and to take action in their communities and schools.
The FCADV Statewide Youth Advisory Board
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB) consists of representatives from grades 7th through 12th who live in Florida. The Youth Advisory Board holds at least one collaborative meeting per year and periodic web based meetings. Each member of the board is responsible for leading initiatives in their local community. YAB membership benefits include help in building college applications and resumes, expanding leadership skills, having statewide involvement and influence, and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference by preventing dating violence in Florida.
Find Your Local Domestic Violence Center
Florida’s 42 certified domestic violence centers offer a variety of services for survivors of domestic and dating violence as well as opportunities to get involved in preventing violence. Find out more about the services and opportunities offered by your local domestic violence center.