The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
and Break the Cycle Present

Blogfest 2013

in recognition of
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
February 2013 

Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month (#TeenDVMonth) is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and to promote programs that prevent dating violence during the month of February. Read more about Teen DV Month.

About Blogfest 2013

Blogfest is a way to raise awareness about dating abuse and to join in the movement to end its occurrence. During Teen DV Month, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, together with Break the Cycle, want to hear what teens, parents and advocates have to say about dating, love, sex, and most importantly, healthy relationships. Whether you’re a seasoned blogger, or are still learning about the blogosphere, we encourage your creativity and participation.

For individuals already working in the movement to end teen dating violence, you may inspire others to join. For individuals looking for a vehicle through which to share their stories, you may inspire others to do the same. For individuals with a knack for and a desire to write, your talents can be shared to help raise awareness on this important issue that touches all of our lives in different ways.

How Do I Get Started?

We’re asking bloggers to submit posts on one of the following topics. Or, feel free to be creative and submit a post on any issue relating to teen dating violence prevention and awareness:
  • Tell us how a past dating experience, good or bad, has shaped how you act in relationships now. 
  • What are 4 things you learned about having a boyfriend/girlfriend from your friends or family members?
  • When you see examples of dating, love or sex on TV, like on Teen Mom, Catfish, or Gossip Girl, do you make decisions in your own life based off what you see? Tell us why or why not.
  • Send a link to a song, video, or image, or write a poem that expresses your idea of a healthy relationship. Be sure to tell us why!
  • Send us a 2-minute video or a script of the advice you would give to a friend you thought was being treated badly in his or her relationship. Don't be shy about getting some friends to help you act out the conversation!
  • Knowing what you do now, write a letter to your teen self, sharing your words of wisdom on dating and relationships.

Where Will My Submission Be Posted?

All entries will be considered and selected entries will be posted on the National DVAM tumblr and on the Love is Respect blog throughout the month of February. Please help cross-promote by posting on your blog and other social networks.

How Do I Submit An Entry?

Entries must be 300 words or less. You may submit your post in the body of an email, or as an attachment in a Word document to with the subject “TeenDVMonth Blogfest 2013.”
All submissions must be your original work with any quotes or links properly cited to a credible source. Posts may be submitted anonymously, if so desired. Be sure to clearly indicate the title of your post and how you would like the authorship to appear in the post. Examples for consideration:
  • Option 1: Anonymous, Age 19
  • Option 2: Jane, Age 22, @TwitterHandle, www.[blogsite].com
  • Option 3: John, Age 20, NCSU SGA President


For questions about Blogfest 2013, please send an email to Thanks for participating – we look forward to reading your posts!

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