Arlington’s Project PEACE is working to promote healthy dating relationships and prevent teen dating abuse locally. When we began this work, we faced with three major questions:
Below are the answers to these questions. We hope that sharing our results will make it easier for you to join in this effort.
The Arlington Partnership for Children and Families has been asking about physical dating violence victimization in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey since 2001. In 2010, the Partnership added questions on other unhealthy aspects of dating relationships. The most recent data show that:
When we looked at how to promote healthy dating relationships, Project PEACE considered the results of another survey administered by the Partnership, Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors “Assets” Survey. This survey asks about young people’s relationships and experiences as well as their values and skills. The 2009 Developmental Assets survey shows that:
Do you want to be able to estimate the number of teens experiencing teen dating abuse in your community?
Contact Arlington’s Partnership for Children and Families to see what questions they have added to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This adaptation provides you with a local prevalence rate for teen dating abuse and information on a range of strengths and risky behaviors among teens in unhealthy relationships. Survey reports are online at: http://www.arlingtonpartnershipforyouth.org/youthsurveyresults.htm
Contact your State Department of Health. Virginia’s Department of Health provides a helpful factsheet that describes abusive dating behaviors and State estimates of prevalence.
Arlington’s Project PEACE identified resources that provide research-based strategies to promote healthy dating relationships and prevent teen dating abuse. Several of these resources are listed below.
“Guidelines for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence & Intimate Partner Violence.” Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance.
Excellent information on beginning or expanding primary prevention efforts that strengthen protective factors and address risk factors.
“Training Professionals in the Primary Prevention of Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: A Planning Guide.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010. http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/training_guide.html
“This Guide describes how to develop, implement, and evaluate a process for training professionals to engage in sexual violence and intimate partner violence prevention. The Guide is designed to help practitioners tailor individual trainings to different groups of professionals. It provides definitions of sexual violence and intimate partner violence and includes real-life examples to illustrate theory put into practice. In addition to step-by-step guidance on all the tasks necessary for planning and training, the Guide includes tip sheets, worksheets, checklists, and an extensive resource list.”
“One in Spirit: Domestic Violence Advocates and Faith and Spiritual Leaders Working in Partnership to End Domestic Violence.” Transforming Communities: Technical Assistance, Training and Resource Center (TC-TAT). 2010. http://transformcommunities.org/content/faith-collaboratives-0
A 54 page guide on developing prevention resources within faith communities, especially the prevention of teen dating abuse and the promotion of healthy relationships. Embedded with links to YouTube and online resources. Published December, 2010.
“Working with Men & Boys to End Domestic Violence.” National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, 2011.
Dr. Julia Perilla authors a beautifully written position paper that delineates the principles behind engaging men and boys to eliminate domestic violence in Latino communities.
Arlington’s Project PEACE scoured the internet, ordered samples of materials and reviewed dozens of promotion and prevention materials. We created “Resources for: “Promoting Healthy Dating Relationships and/or Preventing Teen Dating Abuse.” May, 2011 as a way to organize the resources that we located. Materials are organized into nine categories:
Questions? Call Jo Johnson, Project PEACE Coordinator, 703-228-1678 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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