All the materials needed to implement the program are in the box, including: was designed for middle and high school age youth.
Depending on your age group, you may want to modify the program to be as relevant and appropriate for your audience as possible.
Most of the handful of programs that have been empirically investigated are school-based and use a group format.
Program length varies from less than a day to more than 20 sessions.
The project educates youth about gender-based violence, and helps them to develop skills and social actions such as personal responsibility, communication, and community participation.
An experimental study that randomly assigned 14- to 16-year-olds from child protective services to control or to the Youth Relationship Project curriculum found that the intervention was effective in reducing incidents of physical and emotional abuse and symptoms of emotional distress over time for the youth in the intervention.
This was also true when the previously dating subsample was analyzed.
The Youth Relationships Project is a prevention program focused on addressing the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive factors that allow youth to strengthen the expression of positive interactions with dating partners and reduce the probability of power-assertive and violent behavior.
Content includes basic information about dating abuse in addition to legal definitions, rights and responsibilities under the law and information about accessing the civil and criminal justice systems to protect yourself.
An evaluation of Break the Cycle’s Ending Violence curriculum with a sample of predominately Latino teens from a large urban school district found that the youth demonstrated improved knowledge of the laws related to dating violence, less acceptance of female-on-male aggression, and increased perception of the likelihood and helpfulness of seeking assistance from various sources after they had completed the program.
The 4th R, an interactive classroom curriculum for ninth-grade students, aims to reduce youth dating violence by addressing youth violence and bullying, unsafe sexual behavior, and substance use.
A few programs frame the issue using a feminist perspective, while others use a more skills-based and gender-neutral approach.
Teen dating violence prevention programs tend to focus on attitudes about violence, gender stereotyping, conflict management, and problem-solving skills.