In late July, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence launched a statewide awareness campaign. It’s aimed at preventing and bringing awareness to teen dating violence by promoting healthy relationships.
The campaign is called Dare2Know and is only focusing on a few communities right now, including Rhinelander, Rothschild, and Ashland.
Stephanie Ortiz is the Prevention and Public Awareness Coordinator for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.
"We're starting by trying to inform them by sharing the facts," says Ortiz. "Right now we know 1 in 5 teens experiences dating violence in Wisconsin and 2 in 3 teens who are in those types of relationships never tell anyone about it. We're really trying to inform young people and others about the prevalence of dating violence."
Ortiz says that social media has made teen dating harassment in general more prevalent.
"It's a lot easier to type something on a device than to say something to somebody in person," she says. "Those are the types of dynamics that are really fueling this issue."
They’re also encouraging young people to get involved, especially those interested in leading small workshops or giving presentations at community events. Those interested in being part of the campaign can sign up for the Dare2Know teen ambassador program at their website.
Ortiz says they’re also looking to partner with area high schools and community organizations.
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the leading voice for victims of domestic abuse in Wisconsin.
In addition to Rhinelander, Ashland, and Rothschild, the campaign is also initially appearing throughout other key Wisconsin markets, including Green Bay, LaCrosse, Metro Milwaukee, and Duluth.
For more information on the campaign, you can go to their website here: https://dare2knowwi.org/