This strategy trains youth to prevent dating violence.Key Components This strategy involves starting programs that help teens of both sexes prevent dating violence; address relationship issues through school-based support groups for victims; provide intervention and counseling groups for offenders; train school and health care personnel so that they recognize signs of dating violence; and develop a curriculum that teaches teens how to recognize the signs of abusive behavior, get help, or help a friend in need.
Dating relationships reinforce unhealthy gender stereotypes unless they are based on clear communication, trust, and nonviolent ways of settling conflict.
In the 1999 study Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, more than half of all rape victims were under 18 at the time of the first rape.
Many victims of domestic violence, too, are young women.
Experts believe that violence between dating teens is severely underreported.
Bystander intervention is an invaluable tool in the fight against teen dating violence, but many people will not intervene if they do not know the right way to go about it or when to get involved.
If you witness dating violence, you can be an active bystander whether you know the people involved or not.
Even if you feel it is not your place to get involved, remember that dating abuse is not a personal problem; it is a serious crime that affects us all.
For more information on how you can be an active bystander visit: NYS Teen Dating Violence.
Many programs also create hotlines through which teens can report abuse or seek assistance.
Key Partnerships Usually operated through a partnership with a group that assists victims of domestic violence or an agency that serves youth, the school-based programs rely on trained youth who counsel peers, operate hotlines, and deliver curriculum lessons in the classroom.
There are many ways you can work toward ending dating violence in your community.