Safe Dates (An Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Program)

Safe Dates (An Adolescent Dating Abuse Prevention Program)

Safe Dates is a dating abuse prevention program which raises student awareness of what constitutes healthy vs. abusive dating relationships and equips them with the skills and resources needed to help themselves or friends who may be in abusive relationships.

What is Dating Violence?  Dating violence encompasses more than simply physical aggression. It also includes psychological, sexual, and emotional harm in a relationship, and it can occur both in person and digitally. Unfortunately, dating violence is a relatively common issue among high school students – 21 percent of high school females and 10 percent of high school males who dated in high school reported instances of dating violence in 2015, according to the CDC.

This evidence-based program, Safe Dates, is a curriculum that educates youth and adolescents on how to identify and prevent dating violence. Through ten engaging sessions, students will learn and discuss the causes of dating violence, how they can help a friend in an abusive relationship, common gender stereotypes regarding dating violence, and important prevention techniques.

Additionally, the curriculum includes:

  • Updated statistics and facts on dating violence and sexual assault
  • Information on dating abuse through technology
  • A new Families for Safe Dates program to help facilitate conversations about healthy relationships and dating abuse

It's important to consider how we're educating youth on the topic of dating violence and sexual assault. Safe Dates is an effective solution, and its interactive format will help students of all backgrounds learn to embrace their voices when it comes to dating violence prevention.

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You may view the PDF version of the Program Brochure.

You may also view the PDF version of the Program Summary.

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