#HealthySelfie Campaign Combats Teen Dating Violence

By Yi Yang, Epoch Times
February 27, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

NEW YORK—A campaign to educate commuters about healthy relationships got underway this week at the St. George Ferry Terminal in Staten Island.

The work is in honor of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and One Billion Rising, a grassroots movement to end violence against women and girls around the world.

“Domestic violence is not just physical violence. Abuse comes in many different forms,” said Elizabeth Dank, executive director of the Staten Island Family Justice Center.

In addition to handing out materials, the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence launched a #HealthySelfie social media campaign. To join, commuters would take a photo holding round signs that say “equality, trust, and respect.”

Participants were then encouraged to spread the word by posting their photo on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #HealthySelfie, at to write about what the words mean in the context of a healthy relationship.