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Effects of Domestic Violence on Children, Teen Dating Abuse, and Healthy Relationships

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National Resources for Teen Dating Abuse and Healthy Relationships

App Safety Center: Managed by the Safety Net Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), this blog explores the intersection of technology and privacy and intimate partner violence, sexual assault and violence against women.

Break the Cycle: National organization focused on teen dating abuse prevention, intervention, youth activism, education, and advocacy. They offer free materials, an interactive DVD, school curricula, “Domestic Violence 101” and “Ending Violence.” Their website for teens is the Safe Space.

Coaching Boys Into Men: Campaign that invites men to be part of the solution by teaching boys that violence never equals strength. They also have a Coach Leadership Program.

Choose Respect: A prevention program of the CDC, offering materials and information on forming healthy relationships for 11-14 year olds, parents, and community.

Expect Respect: Comprehensive prevention program designed to raise awareness of dating violence, teach skills for healthy relationships, develop youth leadership, and increase safety and respect in schools. Once on the site, click “Services and Programs” and to go “School-Based Programs.”

Futures Without Violence: Has programs for teen dating abuse and the effects of domestic violence on children.

Jewish Women International (JWI): International organization focuses on ensuring peaceful homes and relationships for women and girls. Their curricula, created for a Jewish audience, are adaptable to other faiths and secular audiences. Their programs include:

  • Good Guys: Partnership & Positive Masculinity (3 hour mini-curriculum)
  • Strong Girls: Friendships, Relationships & Self-Esteem (3 hour program)
  • Strong Girls, Healthy Relationships: A Conversation on Dating, Friendship & Self-Esteem (12 hour curriculum)
  • When Push Comes to Shove…It’s No Longer Love

Lessons from Literature: Resources for English teachers to incorporate healthy and unhealthy relationships into their classes.

Love is Respect: Dating resources for teens and young adults. National Teen Dating Violence Helpline, managed by the National Domestic Violence Hotline and funded by Liz Claiborne Inc., has peer advocates responding to incoming calls and online chats. Helpline number: 1-866-331-9474 Online chat: www.loveisrespect.org (www.loveisrespect.org)

Lundy Bancroft: Expert on abusive men and their children, child custody and visitation issues, and trauma resulting from domestic violence. Books related to children include:

Men Can Stop Rape: An international organization based in DC that mobilizes men and male youth to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.

  • When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse
  • The Batterer as Parent: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence on Family Dynamics

Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP): Jackson Katz’s program using coaches, student athletes, and student leaders to be active bystanders who can intervene in a variety of ways when unhealthy or abusive behavior is occurring by or to a friend or peer. Playbooks for high school and college students and training guides for professionals are available.

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong): A large initiative that targets 11- to- 14-year-olds and entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. Their model uses innovative strategies in and outside of school settings to engage youth, parents, and teachers. They work towards policy and social change and use communications and social marketing strategies.

That’s Not Cool: National public service advertising (PSA) campaign against digital dating abuse. Includes innovative, interactive tools for teens, such as call-out cards for cell phones and videos depicting scenarios of digital dating abuse which allow users to choose a response.

The Teen Relationship Workbook: For Professionals Helping Teens to Develop Healthy Relationships and Prevent Domestic Violence by Kerry Moles, CSW Workbook for professionals to help adolescents (grades 7-12) develop healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse and domestic violence. Available from Courage to Change

Unequal Partners: Teaching About Power and Consent in Adult-Teen and Other Relationships (Third Edition) by Sue Montfort and Peggy Brick. Manual with 30 interactive lessons that helps professionals educate youth ages 10-17 to make healthy decisions about relationships, especially those involving the power imbalances that can occur. Available through Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern New Jersey, Inc.