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February 2022 Featured Resources

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month | #TalkAboutIt

In his Proclamation, President Biden states, “During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to ending this scourge of our society and providing our young people every chance to live the fulfilling and productive lives they deserve.”

Nearly 1 in 11 female and about 1 in 14 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year. About 1 in 8 female and 1 in 26 male high school students report having experienced sexual dating violence in the last year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn about ways to raise awareness and access resources for victims of teen dating violence on the OVC-funded love is respect website. Teens, young adults, and their loved ones can contact the 24/7 confidential love is respect helpline by phone, text, or online chat to receive support.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline, funded in part by OVC, also offers support for victims of intimate partner violence, including victims of teen dating violence. Since it began operation in 1996, the hotline has received more than 6 million calls, texts, and online chats. Victims of dating violence can contact this free and confidential hotline anytime to receive support.

Discover additional information and resources on the following websites:

National Black History Month

February: National Black History Month | #BlackHistoryMonth

In his National Black History Month Proclamation, President Biden states, “Vice President Harris and I are deeply committed to advancing equity, racial justice, and opportunity for Black Americans as we continue striving to realize America’s founding promise.”

OVC echoes the Administration’s priorities in advancing equity and racial justice and is committed to ensuring access to culturally responsive victim services, services for multicultural communities, and non-traditional victim services. Visit our Serving Communities of Color topic page to view publications, videos, training and technical assistance opportunities, and more. Resources include—

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National Consumer Protection Week, March 6–12

March 6-12: National Consumer Protection Week | #NCPW2022

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) is a time dedicated to helping people understand their consumer rights and make well-informed decisions about money.

During NCPW, OVC joins the Federal Trade Commission and other federal agencies to provide information on scams, identity theft, and other consumer protection issues.

  • Access resources for local press and social media outreach, information on planning events, and about the latest scams and consumer protection issues on the Federal Trade Commission’s NCPW website.
  • Find guides about consumer rights and learn about common frauds and scams and how victims of fraud and identity theft can get help on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Consumer Tools website.
  • Victims of identity theft can contact the OVC-funded Identity Theft Resource Center toll free at 888–400–5530 or live chat Monday–Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time. 
  • The Identity Theft Resource Center publishes information to help service providers and others understand trends in identity theft. Their 2021 Consumer Aftermath Report describes the emotional and practical effects on the day-to-day lives of identity theft victims.
  • The OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center’s (OVC TTAC) Victim Assistance Training Online  includes modules about cyber fraud, financial crimes, identity theft, among other crimes.
  • OVC TTAC also offers Identity Theft Victim Assistance Online Training, which provides users the knowledge and skills to more effectively serve victims of identity theft and assist with their financial and emotional recovery.
Date Published: February 10, 2022