Dating violence prevention programs schools
In one rigorous NIJ-funded study, school-level interventions in 30 New York City public middle schools reduced dating violence by up to 50 percent.Researchers evaluated dating violence and sexual harassment interventions by randomly assigning classes to receive: Youth exposed to domestic violence are at greater risk for being both a victim and the perpetrator of dating violence.Classroom-level interventions were delivered in six sessions, using a curriculum emphasizing the consequences for perpetrators, state laws and penalties, the construction of gender roles, and healthy relationships.These findings are important in several ways: The success of the school-level intervention is particularly important because it can be implemented with very few extra costs to schools.See the curriculum evaluated in this study, Shifting Boundaries: Lessons on Relationships for Students in Middle School (pdf, 65 pages).
Gaines Health Education Coordinator Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support Healthy Schools 325 W.
The ultimate goal of prevention and intervention is to stop dating violence before it begins.
During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships with others.
It is a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious.
Stress can be positive (e.g., preparing for a wedding) or negative (e.g., dealing with a natural disaster).
Sometimes after experiencing a traumatic event that is especially frightening—including personal or environmental disasters, or being threatened with an assault—people have a strong and lingering stress reaction to the event.