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Prevention Programs

Educating Teens About Relationships

Each year, our community education department team members visit dozens of schools, youth groups, clubs, and more to bring young people informative and interactive presentations, evidence-based curricula, group activities, and leadership camps.

We empower teens to prevent abuse and foster healthy relationships.

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Primary Prevention Topics

Our teen programs not only address topics of abuse and unhealthy relationship but also healthy relationship skills and the importance of knowing oneself and boundaries.
We offer the following educational programming for schools and youth groups in our community. Programs can be combined into multiple sessions. If the topics listed here don’t quite match the information you want your teens to learn, we can put together a customized presentation for you. Email us at education@hdnbc.org.

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Healthy Relationships

Respect and Equality

Knowing Oneself

Boundaries

Gender Stereotypes

Power and Control

Forms of Abuse

Digital and Tech Abuse

Gaslighting

Red Flags

Local Resources

Supporting Survivors

Teen Prevention Programs

Decide. Don't Slide.

Interactive Presentations
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Healthy vs Unhealthy Relationships

In our Decide. Don’t Slide. program, we facilitate interactive discussions on the definition, dynamics, characteristics, and forms of abuse, abuser tactics, power and control, how to recognize abuse, and how to help oneself or others. This program includes discussions, video clips, games, and activities and can be facilitated with a small class, a combination of classes, or a grade-level assembly. 

Audience: Appropriate for students in middle school, junior high, high school, college, or youth group. 

Duration: One or two sessions. (60-90 minutes each)

Topics Addressed:

  • Defining Healthy Relationships
  • Recognizing Types of Abuse
  • Red Flags and Gaslighting
  • Barriers to Leaving an Abusive Relationship
  • Establishing Consent and Boundaries
  • Knowing Oneself and Values
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Power, Control and Coercion
  • Seeking Help and Supporting Others

Safe Dates

Multi-session Program with Activities
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Holistic Teen Dating Abuse Prevention

Safe Dates is an evidence-based ten-session dating abuse prevention program to raise student awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships, as well as the causes and consequences of dating abuse. It’s been shown to change adolescent norms about dating violence and equip students with skills and resources to develop healthy dating relationships, positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution. Safe Dates is effective in preventing and reducing violence perpetration among teens, and course attendance resulted in decreased acceptance of dating violence, stronger communication skills, stronger anger management skills, and greater awareness of community solutions. 

Audience: appropriate for students in middle school, junior high, or high school. 

Duration: four, six, or 10 sessions (50 minutes each). 

Audience: Appropriate for students in middle school, junior high, high school, or college.

Topics Addressed:

  • Defining Healthy Relationships
  • Recognizing Types of Abuse
  • Red Flags and Gaslighting
  • Barriers to Leaving an Abusive Relationship
  • Establishing Consent and Boundaries
  • Knowing Oneself and Values
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Power, Control and Coercion
  • Seeking Help and Supporting Others

In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence

Experiential Group Simulations
In Their Shoes 6

Participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia, and stalking. They make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police, and others.

The In Their Shoes resources and descriptions were provided by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at wscadv.org. 

Audience: Appropriate for students in middle school, junior high, high school, college, or youth group. 

Duration: 1.5 to 3 hours

Topics Addressed:

  • Defining Healthy Relationships
  • Recognizing Types of Abuse
  • Red Flags and Gaslighting
  • Barriers to Leaving an Abusive Relationship
  • Establishing Consent and Boundaries
  • Knowing Oneself and Values
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Power, Control, and Coercion
  • Seeking Help and Supporting Others

Are Texas schools required to teach students about dating abuse?

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In December 2021, a law went into effect in Texas that requires schools to teach students about domestic violence, dating violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. The new law also requires parental opt-in (rather than opt-out) before students may participate. However, parental consent is not needed for information regarding general awareness and local resources.

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Our education specialists empower teens, educate adults, and train professionals to recognize and respond to domestic violence and teen dating abuse.

All of our presentations are free of charge to any group, school, or organization.

80% of teenaged females who are physically abused by their partner will continue to date their abuser.

1 in 3 teens will experience dating abuse from a partner.