For immediate and confidential advice and referrals, I encourage concerned teens and their loved ones to contact the Helpline at 1-866-331-9474, text "loveis" to 77054, or visit: As we move forward, we will continue to collaborate with both public and private partners to bring new violence prevention strategies to individuals and communities across our Nation. This month, we renew our commitment to breaking the silence about dating abuse and fostering a culture of respect in our neighborhoods, our schools, and our homes.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim February 2012 as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.
I call upon all Americans to support efforts in their communities and schools, and in their own families, to empower young people to develop healthy relationships throughout their lives and to engage in activities that prevent and respond to teen dating violence.
Depression, substance abuse, and health complications are among the long-term impacts that may follow in the wake of an abusive relationship.
Tragically, dating violence can also lead to other forms of violence, including sexual assault.
These outcomes are unacceptable, and we must do more to prevent dating violence and ensure the health and safety of our Nation's youth.
NATIONAL TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION MONTH, 2012 - - - - - - - BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION In America, an alarming number of young people experience physical, sexual, or emotional abuse as part of a controlling or violent dating relationship.
The consequences of dating violence -- spanning impaired development to physical harm -- pose a threat to the health and well-being of teens across our Nation, and it is essential we come together to break the cycle of violence that burdens too many of our sons and daughters.
This month, we recommit to providing critical support and services for victims of dating violence and empowering teens with the tools to cultivate healthy, respectful relationships.
Though we have made substantial progress in the fight to reduce violence against women, dating violence remains a reality for millions of young people.
The path toward a future free of dating violence begins with awareness.
As part of my Administration's ongoing commitment to engaging individuals and communities in this important work, Vice President Joe Biden launched the initiative last September.