February 1, 2018
The relationships in our lives – friendships, dating partners, family, chapter council or coworkers – have a huge impact on our confidence, happiness and well-being. Because of this, it is important we invest in positive, healthy relationships that bring us confidence and allow us to be our best selves. We should strive to avoid, or leave, relationships that are negative, toxic or violent.
According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence – almost triple the national average. As an organization committed to building confidence in women, Kappa Delta participates in Dating Violence Awareness Month in February to raise awareness for issues facing girls and women in unhealthy relationships. Nearly half (43 percent) of dating college women report experiencing violent and abusive dating behaviors. And 57 percent of college students say it is difficult to identify dating abuse, while 58 percent say they don’t know how to help someone experiencing it.
This month, we should each focus on strengthening and prioritizing the relationships in our lives that are positive, and support those around us who might be in an unhealthy relationship. Consider the opportunities below to inspire a culture of fulfilling, healthy relationships this month – and always!
We become our best selves through community with others. Focus this month on loving those around you and identifying the relationships that best serve you. Visit www.loveisrespect.org for additional resources on healthy relationships and dating violence.