Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month​

2024 TDVAM Art Contest Winners!!

First Place: Mateo M

Second Place: Derin M

Third Place: Ava F

Roses are red, but red flags are too...

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), and we asked Rhode Island teens to create some visual art about healthy – and unhealthy – relationships. We’re so excited to announce our top 3 winners above!

This poster featuring the winning entry by Mateo (age 17) will be distributed at high schools and other community spaces state-wide!

If you’re looking for resources and information specifically geared towards teens, you can visit our new Teen Center webpage!

Check out all of our submissions here:

Learn more about the competition requirements here:

Roses are red, but red flags are too...

What does a healthy relationship mean to you?

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (TDVAM), and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) has worked with local Rhode Island teens to develop a new public awareness campaign.

We’re running an art contest! 

This month, we’re asking local Rhode Island teens how they view healthy love and relationships. We’re calling for submissions of visual art, either in the form of a poster or a graphic that can be posted on Instagram.

Help us answer the question: How do you view healthy behaviors in relationships versus unhealthy behaviors (i.e. red flags) in relationships?

Contest Rules

Who can enter: Must be 13-18 years old and a RI resident.

Contest Run Dates: Tuesday, January 30th – Friday, February 16th, 2024. Submissions will close at midnight.

Prompt: Design a social media post for Instagram, or 8.5 x 11 inch poster about healthy relationships as part of the RICADV’s Roses Are Red campaign:

Roses are red, red flags are too, what does a healthy relationship mean to you?


  1. First Place: $200 (Teen’s artwork printed as posters and posted at schools, and shared to social media statewide)
  2. Second Place: $100 (Shared on social media)
  3. Third Place: $75 (Shared on social media)

Please submit the artwork by email to brianna@ricadv.org (scan, photo, or jpeg) and include the teen’s NAME, AGE, and SCHOOL. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Brianna Henries, RICADV Digital Media & Design Coordinator, at brianna@ricadv.org.

Additional Rules for Entry

  1. Prize-winning posters will be collected in person following the completion of the competition.
  2. Submissions including nudity, explicit or violent content, insults, or anything otherwise deemed inappropriate by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence will immediately be disqualified and will not be released in any way. We reserve the right to disqualify any submission.
  3. By submitting an entry to the contest, you give permission to the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence to repost your submission on our website, social media accounts, printed materials, and any other digital or printed format, in perpetuity into the future.
  4. The RICADV will be adding a footer to all posters and graphics for social media with resources for teens.
  5. Teens may sign their artwork, but we will be placing our own logo on posters so teens can find resources.
  6. After the contest deadline, all three prize-winners will be selected by staff from the RICADV, with consideration to engagement by our social media audiences. Judging decisions are final.
  7. The winners will be notified on Wednesday, February 21st 2024 via email, and will be given 24 hours to respond before their award is passed to the next qualifying entry. 
  8. The winners will be publicly announced by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and announced in a variety of digital and/or printed channels. 

Are you a teen who needs help?

Local Help​

The RI Helpline: 800-494-8100 offers 24-Hour Support! It’s confidential, and every question is a good question.

The RICADV’s member agencies are organizations in Rhode Island that provide confidential emergency and support services to victims of dating violence. 

National Help​

Visit loveisrespect.org for info and resources or to chat with a peer advocate online. You can also call 1-866-331-9474 or text “loveis” to 22522.

The 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 is another great resource, which provides support and hope to victims of dating violence and their friends and family members. Learn more at www.thehotline.org. Live chat is available.

National Dating Violence resources.

Helpline Available 24/7

The confidential statewide Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-494-8100 or using the online chat here. The Helpline is for all victims of violent crime, including domestic and dating abuse, and those looking for more information to help a victim of violence.

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