#HealthyNativeLoveis Photo Contest

To highlight Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM) this February, NativeLove, the StrongHearts Native Helpline and the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW) are co-hosting the #HealthyNativeLoveIs Photo Contest on Instagram!


Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence.  Why is it important to raise awareness about teen dating violence?  Let’s look at the statistics:

  • Approximately one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner.
  • One in five tweens knows a victim of dating violence. (For more information, please go to http://nativelove.niwrc.org/nativelove-youth/).

To raise awareness about the increasing numbers of young adults experiencing dating violence, we hope you will join the #HealthyNativeLoveIs campaign! This campaign encourages young people to share imagery/photos of what NativeLove means to them.

What is NativeLove?

Native Love is defined by our traditional ways of caring for each other. NativeLove, the youth program under the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, encourages youth to rethink what Native Love means to them and empower them to define healthy relationships for themselves with the aim of promoting non-violent, respectful, safe relationships among Native youth, their families, and communities.

The Photo Contest:

What does healthy NativeLove mean to you? Is it holding the door open for your partner, holding hands, or making heart-shaped frybread on Valentine’s Day together? Take a photo of what Healthy NativeLove looks like to you and post to your Instagram account using #HealthyNativeLoveIs throughout the month of February! Follow NativeLove (@nativeloveis), StrongHearts (@strongheartsdv) and CSVANW (@csvanw) for more information and reposts of your photos on Instagram!


  • 1st prize $100 Gift card an online Native-owned business (for example: NTVS, B.Yellowtail, Indigenous Goddess Gang, Beyond Buckskin, etc.) + NativeLove sticker + StrongHearts pen+ CSVANW Swag Bundle
  • 2nd prize $50 Gift card to Overstock.com + NativeLove sticker + StrongHearts pen + CSVANW Swag Bundle
  • 3rd prize is two (2) NativeLove T‑shirts + NativeLove sticker + Stronghearts pen + CSVANW Swag Bundle

Photo Contest Submission Guidelines:

  • Youth must take photo AND use the #HealthyNativeLoveIs hashtag during the month of February 2019. (Images can be anything that youth feel shows what Healthy NativeLove means to them).
  • Open to Native youth between 12–24 years old.
  • Youth participants can submit multiple entries.
  • All entries must be received by Thursday, February 28th, 2019.
  • NOTE: Please do not submit inappropriate or graphic images. These images will be immediately disqualified.

Winner Announcement:

  • Judging by members of the Native Love, StrongHearts & CSVANW teams will take place the week of March 4, 2019.
  • The winners will be announced Friday, March 8th at 12 p.m. CST by the NativeLove, StrongHearts & CSVANW on Instagram.

We look forward to seeing your pictures and having you join us in spreading awareness about teen dating violence throughout the month of February!

*If you or someone you know if experiencing dating violence, please call the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1–844-7NATIVE, or 1–844-762‑8483) to get help and referrals to local resources. The call is free and confidential. Advocates are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. After hours callers have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Visit StrongHearts online to learn more about domestic violence and dating violence, red flags and resources at www.strongheartshelpline.org.

 **Want to host a youth event at your school during TDVAM? Visit NativeLove (http://nativelove.niwrc.org/statistics/) for youth statistics, videos, and resources to help with planning!

***TDVAM Livestream talk on Instagram with @CSVANW Staff:

-       February 14, 2019Consent with Alegra Roybal, CSVANW Sexual Violence Project Coordinator

-       February 26, 2019Power & Control with Cecelia Westman, CSVANW Advocate Coordinator

-       You Deserve to Feel Safe — https://www.csvanw.org/you-deserve-to-feel-safe-csvanw-recognizes-teen-dating-violence-awareness-month-throughout-february-2019/

-       “Logically – Love Shouldn’t Hurt” by Taejonon Denetclaw — https://www.csvanw.org/logically-love-shouldnt-hurt/

-       Social Media & Teen Dating Violence by Alerga Roybal, CSVANW Sexual Violence Project Coordinator — https://www.csvanw.org/social-media-and-teen-dating-violence/