The most important things adults can do about teen dating violence is: listen, talk, listen, talk, listen, listen, talk and listen more!
- Talk about Teen Dating Violence regularly.
- Demonstrate Respect – listen to them & build a relationship.
- Address all derogatory language, behavior & humor used by students or school employees.
- Promote gender equality.
- Talk about what healthy relationships look like.
- Talk about what kind of help & resources are available.
- Talk about what teen see in the media & pop culture.
- Hold awareness activities & events at school.
Youth need to know what to do, not just what not to do. Learn to talk to the youth in your life about how to create health relationships. Download some handy cards to start a conversation about healthy relationships and share how to Love Like This with the young people in your life. Click here for more info on teen dating violence.
Model Respectful Behavior
Teens observe how adults communicate in different settings. Teens often mimic these forms of communication within their own peer group. School administrators, teachers, coaches, and school resource officers are often the only adults, outside of family members, that teens are interacting with on a daily basis.
- Model respectful behavior that includes gender neutral language, mutual respect, and personal responsibility.
- Quickly respond to violence of any type, including bullying, sexual harassment, dating violence, sexual violence in a prompt manner.
- Address any derogatory language used by students and/or school employees by suggesting other words to replace those derogatory words.
- Promote gender equality among all members of the school community.
Teen Dating Violence Interventions & Prevention Curriculum
Our workshops and the community symposium in 2010 and 2011 were a huge successes!
The workshops focused on understanding teen dating violence, as well as domestic violence in the home, appropriate interventions for teens and families, how schools can create policies to address teen dating violence on their campus, how to incorporate teen dating violence education into existing curriculum, and about the resources available to teens and education professions both locally and on-line.
All participants in the workshop received a binder and flash-drive with handouts, activities, videos and sample curriculum.
We still have sets of the materials available. Invited DVSBF to do a presentation or in-service for your group or program that works with teens and we will provide you with a binder and flash-drive for free!
To schedule a presentation or for additional information, please contact Erinn Gailey at (509) 735-1295 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program was sponsored by the Three Rivers Community Foundation.
Online Resources For Youth
- athinline.org – MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign addressed issues like digital disrespect, sexting, spying, and cyber bulling using videos, blog posts, quizzes and more.
- breakthecycle.org – Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse.
- dosomething.org – Inspire, empower and celebrate a generation of doers: teenagers who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.
- loveisrespect.org – Information and resources for healthy relationships, peer advocate chat line and a Spanish language site.
- mystrength.org – Website for boys & young men to learn about other young men who are living a life based on equality, caring and respect.
- stopdatingviolence.org – A project by the The Emily Silverstein Fund, in memory of a student killed by an ex-boyfriend. Get free dating violence pledge cards, take a dating pledge and learn about Emily’s story.
- thatsnotcool.com – Multimedia site on issues teens face around texting, sexting and social networking.