Staff and volunteers sport orange to help create awareness for Teen Dating Abuse
Part of the national #LoveIsRespect campaign, February is Teen Dating Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. The color for this campaign is orange and many at Unity House showed their creativity by donning shades of orange. In many ways, the broad spectrum of deep ochres to light sherbet colored oranges seen represent the many ways that teens experience control and violence in relationships. Part of learning about healthy relationships and boundaries is talking about it, and wearing orange (on Valentine’s Day of all days!) is a great way to start the conversation.
Staff from Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services program continue to be busy as they work with youth groups and educators about domestic violence in teens and adults. To cap off a month of advocacy, outreach and events, they are part of a community wide event on March 1st. Free to area teens, the event is Community: Take a #StandAgainstTDV at the Troy Boys & Girls Club at 1700 7th Avenue in Troy. Fom 6:00-8:30 teens will have a chance to gather, participate in break-out sessions, listen to speakers, hear spoken word, and more on the topics of DV and healthy relationships. The event is co-hosted with the following community resources:
Troy Boys & Girls Club
Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program (St. Peter’s Health Partners – Troy unit)
Troy HS WAVE Club
For more information on Teen DV and Unity House’s Domestic Violence Services program, please contact us at (518) 274-2607, x4133.
Help in fleeing domestic violence is always available through the Unity House 24 hour domestic violence hotline at (518) 272-2370.