Teen Dating Violence Prevention
We know that the patterns of domestic violence can begin with the first dating relationship. In an effort to prevent dating violence and future incidents of domestic violence, Hope’s Door offers dating violence prevention classes and workshops. Open to teens and pre-teens, these classes teach students the signs of dating violence, how to prevent dating violence and how to advocate for themselves and their peers. Classes are free of charge and are wonderful opportunites for your school, church or youth group. Let us help start the conversation about dating violence prevention.
Safe Dates (Evidence based, 8-session curriculum for 6th-8th grade students)
Start Talking (Evidence based, 10-session curriculum for 9th-12th grade students, peer led and service learning focus)
One-Time Educational Presentations
- “Teen Dating Violence 101”
- Healthy Relationships
- Healthy Communications Offered for students, faculty/staff, and parents.
To learn more, please contact our Primary Prevention Coordinator at (972) 422-2911.
Did You Know?
- Nearly 1 in 3 teens have been the victim of sexual/physical abuse or threats of physical abuse by a boyfriend/girlfriend
- Nearly 1 in 3 teens have been victimized by the use of technology from a boyfriend/girlfriend.
- 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner.
- 60% of teens know someone who has been victims of sexual/physical abuse or threats of physical abuse by a boyfriend/girlfriend.
- Rates of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use are more than twice as high in girls who report physical/sexual dating abuse than in girls who report no abuse.
- 50% of youth reporting both dating violence and rape also report attempting suicide.
- Violent relationships in adolescence can have serious ramifications by putting the victims at higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior, and adult re-victimization.
Teen Dating Violence RED FLAGS:
- Constantly checks up on me or makes me check in.
- Texts or calls me excessively.
- Has frequent mood swings: Is angry one minute and the next minute is sweet and apologetic.
- Puts me down, calls me names, or criticizes me.
- Breaks things or throws things to intimidate me.
- Yells, screams, or humiliates me in front of others.
- Shoves, slaps, chokes, hits or uses weapons against me.
- Threatens to hurt him/herself because of me.
- Makes me feel nervous or like I’m walking on eggshells.
- Forces me into proving my love or loyalty constantly.
- Pressures me into having sex
If a teen answers “YES” to any of these questions, they may be in an abusive relationship.
LOVE IS RESPECT ORG
Loveisrespect is a wonderful organization specifically tageted at young people to help prevent and end abusive relationships. They offer highly skilled peer advocates and a wide array of services. Together Break The Cycle, The National Violence Hotline, and The National Youth Advisory Board work to make Love is Respect possible.