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Dating Abuse: Tools for Talking to Teens

General Material
Training Tools
Published Date
January, 2014

Learn On Site: The Workshop

Everyone has a role to play in ending teen dating abuse. Think about the teens in your life — perhaps you are a parent, or have nephews or nieces, maybe you coach or volunteer in a youth group, volunteer as a Sunday school teacher or have close friends with children. Most adults do not think the teens they know are at risk, fail to see the signs and lack the skills to have an effective intervention. 

This easy-to-use workshop explains the dynamics of teen dating abuse and provides usable strategies for all adults to have realistic and successful conversations with young people. Bring this workshop to your workplace as a lunch-and-learn, to your PTA meeting, your religious school, your coaches' association, or anywhere adults gather. 

Anyone can lead this modular one-hour workshop in their community -- the program comes with a Facilitator's Guide and Script, PowerPoint presentation, video and additional training tools. Simply go to "Learn On Site" and register as a facilitator to access the Facilitator Portal. Watch the Training of Trainers webinar, choose the version that will fit your group's needs (one hour is recommended) and empower your community to stop dating violence! Workshop materials are available in English and Spanish. 

Learn Online: Online Courses and Tools

Online courses, tip sheets, the video and a webinar recording of the in-person presentation will help you learn more and step up and stop teen dating abuse.

All teens are at risk for dating abuse, and the "Promoting Healthy Relationships" course explores prevention strategies and approaches. "Intervention Strategies" builds skills for what to say if you suspect a teen you know is experiencing abuse as a victim or as a perpetrator. Tip sheets in English and Spanish provide resources for adults and for teens, including anonymous hotlines and recommended websites with more information. A webinar recording of the in-person session is also available online for those unable to attend an in-person session.

The program and materials are offered free of charge.