While there are many promising teen dating violence prevention programs, this section provides information about those programs that have been implemented nationally.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization begins early with nearly 70% of female victims and nearly 54% of male victims having experienced IPV prior to age 25. This suggests that primary prevention of IPV must begin at an early age (Breiding, Chen & Black, 2014).
“By influencing relationship behaviors and patterns early through dating violence prevention programs, the hope is to promote healthy relationship behaviors and patterns that can be carried forward into adulthood" (Breiding, Chen & Black, 2014).
Promoting healthy relationships early through dating violence prevention programs is #1Thing we can do to develop behaviors among youth that can be carried forward into adulthood!
Check out the #1Thing Action Guide for templates, recommendations, strategies, and tools for incorporating the #1Thing message into your public awareness activities and campaigns during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and beyond!