Activities aimed at increasing awareness and dispelling myths about violence in relationships are often included in the curriculum.
The Safe Dates Project is an intervention that includes school activities (e.g., a theater production performed by peers, a curriculum of ten 45-minute sessions taught by health and physical education teachers, and a poster contest) and community activities (e.g., services for adolescents in abusive relationships and service provider training).
Programs and evidence to support programs will continue to evolve.
To find the most up-to-date evidence-based programs related to teen dating violence, go to Crime and search “teen dating violence” or related terms.
The combination also resulted in reduced incidences of sexual and physical dating violence by as much as 50 percent up to six months after the intervention.
The classroom-only intervention did not prove effective.
The building‐based intervention included the use of temporary school‐based restraining orders, higher levels of faculty and security presence in areas identified through student mapping of safe/unsafe “hot spots,” and the use of posters to increase awareness and reporting of teen dating violence to school personnel.
Learn more about characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.A few programs frame the issue using a feminist perspective, while others use a more skills-based and gender-neutral approach.Teen dating violence prevention programs tend to focus on attitudes about violence, gender stereotyping, conflict management, and problem-solving skills.An evaluation of Break the Cycle’s Ending Violence curriculum with a sample of predominately Latino teens from a large urban school district found that the youth demonstrated improved knowledge of the laws related to dating violence, less acceptance of female-on-male aggression, and increased perception of the likelihood and helpfulness of seeking assistance from various sources after they had completed the program.
The 4th R, an interactive classroom curriculum for ninth-grade students, aims to reduce youth dating violence by addressing youth violence and bullying, unsafe sexual behavior, and substance use.
This was also true when the previously dating subsample was analyzed.