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Teen Dating Abuse Project

teen dating abuse

The NCJW Teen Dating Abuse Project is:

  • A multi-media presentation with discussion in high school classes
  • A community awareness program

Goals of the program:

  • To prevent teens from entering into or remaining in abusive dating relationships by identifying the warning signs of an abusive relationship
  • To help teens help themselves or a friend leave an abusive relationship
  • To point out resources for getting help
  • To stop the cycle of violence
  • To encourage healthy relationships

Did you know:

  • Dating violence is the physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse of one person by another in a dating relationship.
  • Abuse can truly happen to anyone.
  • One out of every three students in a dating relationship will be involved in a dating abuse situation before high school graduation.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The NCJW/Essex Teen Dating Abuse Project (TDA) offers a comprehensive classroom experience for high school students that provides the information needed to help prevent teens from entering into or remaining in abusive dating relationships.

TDA volunteers are a dynamic group of adults who have been trained by NCJW/Essex to work with high schools in Essex County to make students aware of the warning signs of abuse in teen relationships, safely end the relationship and learn about healthy relationships. One presenter and one assistant are needed for each classroom. Presenters and Assistants conduct the sessions openly, honestly, and in a non-judgmental fashion. Presenter and Assistant training occurs throughout the year, and TDA invites anyone looking for a flexible volunteer position to participate. A preliminary interview and NCJW/Essex membership are required. Please contact Sue Wasserman at We need you! We want you! Join us.

Community/Parent Workshops

“Teen Dating: The Untold Story”

How well do you know your teens? One out of three teens in a dating relationship may find themselves in an abusive situation, yet over 80 percent of parents are unaware that their children are involved in such situations. Your child might be at risk! Learn how to recognize the warning signs of dating abuse and how to talk to your child about developing healthy relationships. This comprehensive presentation will alert adults to the dangers of power and control as a precursor to domestic violence and will provide tools to assist parents in guiding their teens to recognize and/or leave an abusive relationship. Trained volunteers will present an exciting and informative workshop that is an offshoot of our highly respected school-based program. We invite any community group to take advantage of this complimentary workshop. Call 973-994-4994, the NCJW/Essex Center for Women for more information or to schedule a program. You can also email us at: CENTERFORWOMEN@NCJWESSEX.ORG.

Love Shouldn't Hurt!

If you are in an abusive relationship:

    Call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:
    or 1-866-331-8453 (TTY)
    Text LOVEIS to:77054


Rachel Coalition (safe house for abused women):
JFS of MetroWest: 973-765-9050
All calls are kept confidential.