Safe Dates is a community education course that educates middle-school and high-school aged students on teen dating violence and abuse prevention. The program is designed to help teens understand the attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. Participants will learn the difference between a healthy dating relationship and an abusive dating relationship, what causes dating abuse and its consequences, and learn skills and resources to help themselves or a friend involved in an abusive dating relationship. Teens will also become familiar with methods to develop healthy dating relationships including positive communication, anger management and conflict resolution.
The goal is to help teens develop healthy relationships through discussion and reflection of dating scenarios, and a variety of activities. The eight to 10 session workshop can take place in a school classroom, as well as a variety of other community settings.
Published by Hazelden, in 2006 Safe Dates curriculum was chosen for the National Registry of Evidence Program and Practices. Evaluation is done through a survey which measures participants’ changes in their knowledge, attitudes and actions in using the skills learned.
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