This is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of relationship violence that can last into adulthood.Studies investigating the effectiveness of programs to prevent dating violence are beginning to show positive results.Most programs focus on changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors linked with dating violence while focusing on the skills needed to build healthy relationships.
If we feel comfortable talking about healthy relationships, then we will be empowered to be respectful partners and speak out when things aren’t right.
This is a crucial time to talk openly about healthy and unhealthy relationships, warning signs and what we can do to lessen the frequency of dating abuse.
Why do we spend a whole month talking about teen dating abuse?
School-level interventions included the use of temporary school-based restraining orders, higher levels of faculty and security presence in "hot spots," and raising awareness schoolwide.
Researchers found that, compared with the control group who received no intervention, students who received the school-level intervention or both the school- and classroom-level interventions experienced reduced levels of dating violence and sexual harassment.