Teen Dating Abuse School Program
WARNING SIGNS OF TEEN DATING ABUSE
Does your partner:
- Act jealous and possessive?
- Keep you from seeing your family and friends?
- Blame you as the cause of the abuse? Says, "you push my buttons."
- Pressure you for sex?
- Control you? Is bossy and makes all of the decisions.
- Call, email or text frequently to find out where you are?
The NCJW Teen Dating Abuse Program:
- A multi-media presentation with discussion in high school classes
- An adult community awareness program
Did you know that...
- Dating violence is the physical, emotional, verbal or sexual abuse of one person by another in a dating relationship.
- One out of every three students will be involved in a dating abuse situation before high school graduation.
- Abuse is used to frighten, humiliate and control. It may take the form of hitting kicking, pushing, threatening, showing extreme jealousy and destroying property. Verbal put-downs and name-calling are also signs of abuse.
- These abusive acts are wrong because they are physically and emotionally harmful. They are also illegal!
- Dating abuse continues and gets worse - even after marriage. It is the precursor to domestic violence.
The NCJW 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. The TDA program consists of a multi-media presentation with discussion in high school classes.
Presenters are professionally-trained volunteers who conduct the sessions openly, honestly, and in a nonjudgmental fashion.
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 get out of an abusive relationship
- To point out resources for getting help
- To stop the cycle of violence
- To encourage healthy relationships
Teen Dating Adult Community/Parent Workshops
Teen Dating: The Untold Story
How well do you know your teens? One out of three teens is in an abusive dating relationship, yet over 80% of their parents are unaware that their children are involved in such a situation. 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 multi-media 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 sons and daughters 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 presented to local area high school students since 1992. Each year this program reaches approximately 15 schools/3000 students, and highlights our award-winning video, "Dealing with Teen Dating Abuse: Matters of Choice". The goal is to prevent teens from entering into abusive dating relationships and to assist students already involved in such relationships.
These workshops are available to all adults - parents, grandparents, guardians, aunts, uncles, teachers, counselors, etc. We are currently scheduling programs for the next several months and hope you will take advantage of this complimentary workshop. Call 973-994-4994 for more information or to schedule a program for your group.
Scheduling information can be obtained by calling the Center for Women at: 973-994-4994 or email: CENTERFORWOMEN@NCJWESSEX.ORG.
Love Shouldn't Hurt!
If you are in an abusive relationship, call the Teen Dating Abuse helpline: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453 TTY WWW.LOVEISRESPECT.ORG.
Rachel Coalition (safe house for abused women):
JFS of MetroWest: 973-765-9050
All calls are kept confidential.
"It's better to be happy and alone than unhappy with someone."
"Abuse can truly happen to anyone."
"I now know that I am an abuser and I know I need help."
"My friend is being abused. How can I help?"
"I was finally able to tell my parents."
"It is apparent from our students' reactions that they recognize and identify with descriptions of verbal, physical and emotional abuse."
"I was most impressed by the entire two-day sequence of information and activities."
"I have received many positive comments from both students and staff."
"Our faculty agreed that your program is excellent and essential to our curriculum."
"Your program should be taught in every school in the country."