It’s not an issue of if or when an incident of dating violence will happen. Dating violence is happening now. That’s why Break the Cycle and Hazelden Publishing joined forces to offer the most comprehensive, best-practices model available to address the issue of teen dating violence.
Respect WORKS! integrates Hazelden’s evidence-based Safe Dates with Break the Cycle’s School Policy Kit, [Ending Violence] and Speak.Act.Change programs to give middle and high schools, youth service providers and domestic violence agencies the tools they need to respond effectively to teen dating violence issues on and off campus.
How it Works
This comprehensive, best-practices model includes everything from how to implement a school-wide dating violence policy to teaching students how to be leaders in combating dating violence.
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Step 1: Develop a comprehensive school policy that addresses teen dating violence. If your school already has a policy in place, it’s important to revisit the policy and update it with the most current information and state laws. Break the Cycle’s School Policy Kit will help guide your school through this process.
Step 2: Educate students about dating abuse and how to recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative relationships. Hazelden’s Safe Dates, is an evidence-based program that has been proven to reduce incidents of teen physical and sexual dating violence. Safe Dates is the only dating violence prevention program currently listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Safe Dates is a strong, introductory curriculum for students in middle and early high school.
Step 3: Reinforce student learning with Break the Cycle’s interactive [Ending Violence] program, designed to educate students about their rights and responsibilities in a dating relationship. [Ending Violence] builds on key prevention skills from Safe Dates while educating students about how to access the civil and criminal justice systems for protections. [Ending Violence] is an essential prevention and early intervention program for high school students.
Step 4: Activate student leadership on the issue. Designed for students ages 13 and up, Break the Cycle’s Speak.Act.Change: Youth Advocacy Kit is a service-learning program that engages students through youth activism and peer-leadership to address teen dating violence on their campuses and in their communities. Speak.Act.Change trains the next generation of anti-violence advocates.
Break the Cycle and Hazelden Publishing are trusted organizations in violence prevention, advocacy and evidence-based youth programming. By combining their top dating violence resources, these two organizations are able to offer a comprehensive, best-practices model that empowers educators and students to make a difference.