Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
This is a topic Reach For Youth addresses all year long. Our Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (VIP) allows us to visit classrooms and community groups and lead an interactive discussion around this ever-pressing topic. During the workshop, a staff member guides the group through activities where students must examine common scenarios within relationships and discuss whether it's a sign of a healthy relationship or a warning sign for abuse. During their time together, students gain knowledge to help them identify signs of abuse and are equipped with the tools they need to seek help when they or someone they know are involved in an unhealthy relationship.
When offering this training, we have noticed one common observation: While physical violence is easy to identify, teens often have a hard time recognizing emotional, psychological and sexual abuse. Unfortunately, youth generally agree that what happens behind closed doors is acceptable in a long-term, committed relationship. Our program is built to inform them that if it does not feel right, they have a right to take action to end it, regardless of who that person is. While the program generally focuses on romantic relationships, it also addresses friendships and relationships with parents and can be modified for all age groups.
If you are affiliated with or know of a group that could benefit from this program, we want to hear from you! To learn more about our VIP Workshop, contact Mara Weiss, MSW, LSW at (317) 920-5900.