Abuse can and does happen in young people's relationships. In fact, 21% of girls and 10% of boys in high school have experienced physical and/or sexual dating violence. Dating violence impacts teens both in the short and long-term regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class or location. 
"I chose to do this work because there are many youth who still do not know the signs of an unhealthy relationship and how to prevent/end it."

Ana Rodriguez
STOP Club President
Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Youth engagement has been critical in raising awareness and educating high school campuses about Teen Dating Violence (TDV). The youth at Miguel Contreras, under the leadership of Ana Rodriguez, have introduced activities, events, and a Students Together Organizing Peace (S.T.O.P.) Club on campus in order to engage their peers and collaborate with their teachers, counselor and principal. Through dialogue with peers and adults, students are able to understand the impacts of violence, begin to identify unhealthy relationships and are given tools to prevent TDV. Over the last two years, as President of the club, Ana has continuously brought together students, school staff and community members to engage in dialogue around TDV. Now in her senior year, Ana aims to educate her entire class  as they prepare to make their transition into college,  about unhealthy relationships and its connection to rape culture in our society.
Community organizing is a tool Peace Over Violence uses in our efforts to end Teen Dating Violence. This allows for people to take ownership of issues that impact their communities and intersect with gender-based violence. Members of the community have engaged youth, parents and educators through cultural events, educational campaigns, and collaborations to foster community connectedness while addressing violence against women. We aim to promote proactive and trauma-informed responses to Teen Dating Violence for whole community transformation that will best serve young people and their needs.

2.17.17 Youth Over Violence at 6PM
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Twitter Party

Engage with our Youth Over Violence leaders in a critical conversation to discuss and identify strategies for stronger and healthier relationships. Join our live TWITTER party, ask questions and be a part of the dialogue!@YouthOvrViolnce @PeaceOvrViolnce #MakeAChoice #TDVAM17

When Dating Becomes Dangerous: 
A Parent's Guide to Preventing Relationship Abuse
In this informative guide for parents, Barrie Levy and Patricia Occhiuzzo Giggans, both experts in relationship violence, draw on their professional experience to provide guidance for getting through the relationship challenges kids, both gay and straight, face today. 

With this book you'll discover: 
  • How to give your teen the skills to encourage healthy relationships
  • Why many teenagers hide their abusive relationship
  • How to recognize the warning signs of dating violence, including cyber abuse
  • What to do if your child is the abuser, and when girls are the perpetrator of abuse
In Touch With Teens
A Relationship Violence Prevention Curriculum for Youth 12-19
This eleven-unit curriculum empowers youth to have healthy relationships by providing information about power and control, elements of healthy relationships and healthy sexuality, media literacy as well as education on sexual harassment, sexual assault, and dating violence. The curriculum comes with easy to use handouts, an evaluation form and activities for participants in English and Spanish.





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