February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month
Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County and Community Partners are proud to present the
WHAT is LOVE series of events and activities designed to increase awareness of
Teen Dating Violence and to educate the community's teens about healthy relationships.
Teen dating violence is an urgent, silent epidemic in Santa Barbara County.
One in three teens report experiencing abuse in a dating relationship and most teens will never
report the abuse to anyone.
Dating violence is not just dangerous and sometimes lethal, teens that experience abuse
in a relationship exhibit higher rates of violence, school drop-out rates, drug abuse,
high-risk sexual behavior and suicide.
Our 2011 Schedule of Events
Tuesday, February 1st
Kick-off the WHAT is LOVE series by visiting Santa Barbara Central Library (TEEN
CORNER) at 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara. Artwork and Poster designs from
Santa Barbara County high school students will be featured in the TEEN CORNER along
with a selected reading list and video library list to bring awareness to Teen Dating
Tuesday, February 1st
Two large WHAT is LOVE Banners will be placed at the front gate of Vandenberg Air
Force Base in Lompoc.
Friday, February 7th
Indulge at the WHAT is LOVE Ice Cream Social at Vandenberg Air Force Base in the
Youth Center at 4PM.
Thursday, February 10th
Attend a PARENT WORKSHOP on What You Need To Know About Teen Dating Violence at
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, CA in the Youth Center.
Monday, February 14th
Join DVS and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline as we remind Santa Barbara
County High School students that LOVE has many definitions, but abuse is not one
of them. We have invited High Schools from Santa Maria to Carpinteria to participate
in "Heart of the Matter" 2011 National School Announcement. Designed to be read
over a PA system or to individual classes, the Announcement directs young people
to visit www.LoveIsRESPECT.org
Tuesday, February 15th
Participate in Alan Hancock College, "Love Carefully Day" in the Student Center,
at 800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, CA. Take a dating quiz and pledge to be
in a healthy relationship.
Thursday, February 24th
Join Mayor Helene Schneider in honoring, the top poster and t-shirt design contest winners
at Santa Barbara Central Library (Faulkner Gallery) at 40 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA from 5PM to 7PM.
Friday, February 25th
Attend TEEN MOVIE NIGHT "Reviving Ophelia" at Vandenberg Air Force Base in the Youth
Center and Police Activities League TWELVE35 Teen Center at 4:30 for Speak Out and
5:30 Movie, Santa Barbara, CA.