February Is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM)

Help us celebrate healthy relationships and join us in taking action to spread awareness and prevent dating violence!

Here’s how you can participate:



Gibney Dance will hold a special Hands are for Holding assembly in partnership with the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence on Thursday, February 15 at 10:00 AM at 280 Broadway (entrance at 53A Chambers Street). Presented during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, students, elected officials, and business leaders from across New York City are invited to attend to learn more about the program and how it promotes healthy relationships.

Hands are for Holding is a school-based program that uses dance as a tool to prevent violence, promote healthy relationships, and provide resources about intimate partner violence to young adults. The program involves short performances by professional dancers from Gibney Dance Company, which are followed by a talk back with a community educator. The goal of the program is to help the students identify signs of bullying and abusive relationships, as well as provide them with preventative actions.

Please RSVP to Stacy Bauerlein at stacy@gibneydance.org with your name and the number of students that you will bring to the event. 

Blog Posts:

Heather Demetrios, the author of Bad Romance, will be writing special blog posts for us in honor of TDVAM. Watch this space for weekly posts!

Social Media: 

Follow us on social media @DayOneNY and participate in Respect Week, Feb 12-16 #RespectWeek2018. February 14th is #Orange4Love Day, wear orange to show your support for survivors of teen dating violence. 

In addition, we will be doing our own campaign throughout the entire month:


In February, Day One is partnering with both the Department of Education and Administration for Children’s Services to provide skill-building trainings for key staff members. Trainings are designed to help professionals prevent, identify, and intervene in patterns of unhealthy or abusive relationships among the teens they serve. Day One’s professionals trainings are youth-informed, non-judgmental, inclusive, and include a mixture of activities, lecture, guest speakers, and video. In recent participant satisfaction surveys, ninety percent of our training participants report feeling more confident responding to disclosures of dating abuse through empathetic response, creating safety plans, and resource sharing. 

Please contact Michele Paolella at mpaolella@dayoneny.org, if you any questions about these trainings. 


Give Love Dance Jam with Christina Robson

February 12 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 280 Broadway / Suggested Donation: $10

The Give Love Dance Jam is a donation-based dance class led by Christina Robson. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and proceeds from the event will support Day One, Gibney Community Action partner organization. Hands are for Holding is a violence prevention dance assembly offered in elementary, middle and high schools.

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