Thursday, February 17, 2011

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

One in three young people experience abuse in their relationships. You can help raise awareness today – visit and for more information!

Love has many definitions, but abuse isn't one of them. Celebrate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month and help young people across the country have safe and healthy relationships.

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• Help young people break the cycle of abuse in their relationships.
• 1 in 3 teen’s experiences abuse in their relationships. Help break the cycle of violence.

SF 86 - Dating Violence Policy Legislation introduced in Iowa Legislature
Dating abuse is a widespread problem; nationally up to 40% of teens have been in abusive relationships and of those that have 43% experienced abuse while at school. It is critical that schools adopt policies to address this abuse. We support legislation that would require the department of education to develop and distribute model dating violence policy to assist all schools in developing policies for dating violence. Schools must get involved because teens are statistically at a higher risk for intimate partner abuse than adults. If domestic violence is ever going to be stopped we must start with our teens where they are most likely to be influenced… at school.

Free Webinar: Sexual Coercion in Teen Relationship
Tuesday, February 15th - 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM (CST) Go to and scroll down to webinars for the link to register.

Local Programming
Tri-State Coalition provides prevention programming for youth that specifically address the issue of dating violence. Along with the multi-session curriculum detailed here, prevention specialists provide in-service and professional trainings to area groups upon request.

Safe Dates: a dating violence prevention curriculum for middle and high school students to stop the initiation of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse in dating relationships.

Expect Respect: evidence based prevention curriculum for students in grades 6-12 that addresses the issues of dating violence and healthy relationships that are growing amongst teens. The curriculum focuses on appropriate boundary setting, positive communications, and self awareness.

Flirting or Hurting? Curriculum addresses the issue of student to student sexual harassment in schools. Through interactive class discussions and homework assignments, students will learn: how to differentiate between flirting and harassing behaviors, what clearly constitutes sexual harassment, and outlines school's responsibility to respond.

For more information or to schedule a presentation or curriculum, please call prevention specialists, Kim Siegfried and Pam Fowler at 319-524-8520. If you would like additional local assistance you may contact the SAFE Coalition at , by phone at 319-293-6412 or online at

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