Here’s a list of things I’ve found around the web that I hope you find useful in addressing and preventing teen dating violence in your students: • One in 10 high school students has experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year.
• Perpetrating dating violence in adolescence increases the risk of perpetrating violence toward a partner in adulthood.
• Exposure to dating violence significantly affects a range of mental and physical health problems.
From: Dates is a program designed to stop or prevent the initiation of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse on dates or between individuals involved in a dating relationship.
Intended for male and female 8th- and 9th-grade students, the goals of the program include: (1) changing adolescent dating violence and gender-role norms, (2) improving peer help-giving and dating conflict-resolution skills, (3) promoting victim and perpetrator beliefs in the need for help and seeking help through the community resources that provide it, and (4) decreasing dating abuse victimization and perpetration.
NREPP Review of Safe Dates | Purchase the program The Fourth R: Skills for Youth Relationships is a curriculum for 8th- and 9th-grade students that is designed to promote healthy and safe behaviors related to dating, bullying, sexuality, and substance use.
Based on social learning theory and grounded in stages of social development, the Fourth R focuses on improving students’ relationships with peers and dating partners and avoiding symptomatic problem behaviors (e.g., violence, aggression).
The Fourth R is composed of three units: (1) personal safety and injury prevention, (2) healthy growth and sexuality, and (3) substance use and abuse.
Each unit contains seven 75-minute classes, which are delivered by trained teachers and integrated into the school’s standard health and physical education curriculum.
The Fourth R engages students with exercises to define and practice the rights and responsibilities associated with healthy relationships.
The curriculum includes many examples of the types of conflicts faced by teens on a daily basis, and examples of both peer and dating conflicts are used concurrently (where possible) so that youth who are not dating will find the material relevant.
The Fourth R makes extensive use of role-playing, with feedback from peers and teachers, to increase students’ interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities.