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Teen Resources/Dating Violence
A Family Guide to Keeping Youth Mentally Healthy & Drug Free
This web site from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) was developed to support the efforts of parents and other caring adults to promote mental health and prevent unhealthy activities among 7- to 18-year-olds. It is a great resource for information on date rape drugs.
A Thin Line
A Thin Line is sponsored by MTV. It's aim is to stop the spread of abuse through sexting, cyberbullying, and digital dating abuse.
Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to end domestic violence by working proactively with youth. Break the Cycle provides domestic violence prevention and early intervention services to youth ages 12 to 22 through three programs: the Education & Outreach Program (conducting outreach, presentations and trainings for youth, teachers, school counselors and officials, law enforcement personnel, parents and social service providers); the Legal Services Program (providing early intervention services, including free legal advice, counsel and representation, to hundreds of young people each year, assisting them to escape abusive relationships or homes); and the Peer Leadership Program.
This new website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC) has the message "Respect. Give it. Get it." It is supported by online games and interactive learning tools, television and radio spots, activity ideas, streaming video clips and clickable quizzes that inspire adolescents to think about choosing respect. This innovative mix of interactive learning tools also includes Causing Pain, a 30-minute video with compelling stories of real teens who have experienced dating abuse.
Dating Matters
Dating Matters is sponsored through a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Liz Claiborne Inc. It is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth leaders, and others working to improve the health of teens. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics, interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to describe what teen dating violence is, and how to prevent it.
Dating Violence Resource Center
To help communities, programs, agencies and individuals address dating violence, the National Center for Victims of Crime has launched the Dating Violence Resource Center's web page on its web site. The Dating Violence Resource Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, has two goals: (1) Create national awareness about incidence and impact of dating violence, and (2) Support communities (OVW grantees) addressing the issue.
Feeling Safe: What Girls Say
This links to the Executive Summary of Feeling Safe: What Girls Say — an original research study by the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), in partnership with Harris Interactive, Inc. — a national (online and focus group) study of over 2,000 girls ages 8-17 conducted in an effort to better understand how girls perceive safety. Researchers sought answers to such questions as....How safe do girls feel? What are the negative effects of girls feeling unsafe? How important are emotional and physical safety to girls? How can adults make girls feel safe?
Girl Power!
A multiphase, national public education program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help encourage 9- to 14-year-old girls to make the most of their lives.
Girls Inc.
Girls Incorporated is a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. With roots dating to 1864, Girls Inc has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
A grassroots organizing, outreach, education and creative effort to empower girls to lead healthy independent lives. Their strategy is to bring the issues of teenage pregnancy, prostitution, suicide, and poor health to the mainstream, to advocate institutional changes and to directly work with girls to develop their self-esteem and self-reliance skills so they may become healthy independent adults.
Dedicated to the development and funding of girls' sports programs that combine athletic skill instruction and programming with the delivery of educational information aimed at reducing risk behaviors that threaten the health and social advancement of girls aged 10-14 years.
“” is a project of Sojourner House in partnership with Young Voices and the Women's Center of Rhode Island. “hkupwithrespect” is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative.
In Their Own Words: Teens Speak Out
This document titled: "In Their Own Words: Teens Speak Out" — was created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund as a result of their conversations with 80 teens across the US regarding their thoughts about violence in the home and on the street.
Keep Safe Stay Cool
Keep Safe Stay Cool is an early intervention program targeting young people between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five years using a peer education model to promote healthy relationships as opposed to domestic violence.
This is the teen dating violence website sponsored by the Texas Council on Family Violence and the Texas Attorney General's Office.
Love Is Not Abuse
A Liz Claiborne site with great information for adults, parents, and teens, including free downloadable handbooks, and a special dating violence web site.  The site would be a great link for a company intranet, since the information would be valuable for employees and for their children!
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH)
This is the interactive website for the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (NTDAH). The site is sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and facilitated by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The first of its kind, NTDAH will operate via telephone and Web 24 hours a day and will be staffed by both teen and adult advocates. Teens (and parents) anywhere in the country can call toll free, 866-331-9474 or log on to the interactive Web site, , and receive immediate, confidential assistance. The site will offer secure, live interactive chat to teens, which will present them with a familiar technology and an accessible means for communication. While online or on the phone, teens will be given support as well as referrals to local resources in their hometown to provide them with the help they need.
This web site for teens is a joint effort by the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the New Hampshire Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. The site contains information on domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, how to reach out to a friend, public service announcements, and more.
The Red Flag Campaign
The Red Flag Campaign is the first statewide public awareness campaign to address dating violence and promote the prevention of dating violence on Virginia’s college campuses, and is now being offered to and launched on campuses nationally. The Campaign is a project of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and was created by college students, college personnel, and community victim advocates. The Campaign is funded by a generous grant from CAEPV member the Verizon Foundation.
An early warning detection and intervention system created to prevent school violence by empowering students to speak out via an anonymous, secure, online "hotline" that alerts school officials to potentially dangerous situations.
This is a web site created by teens in Massachusetts to help other teens take a stand against relationship violence. It includes a gallery of print, radio, and TV ads.
Start Strong
Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) is the largest initiative ever funded to target 11- to- 14-year-olds and rally entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse.
Take Care Online
This site (now in English and Spanish) aspires to help young people recognize and avoid unsafe relationships, and provides access to free information about healthy relationships.
Teen Dating Violence: A Review of Risk Factors and Prevention Efforts
This link on VAWnet leads to Teen Dating Violence: A Review of Risk Factors and Prevention Efforts by Maura O'Keefe (April 2005). The document provides a critical review of the dating violence literature with respect to potential risk factors for both perpetrators and victims and examines the empirical research regarding the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programs targeting teen dating violence. The document also provides recommendations for future research and potential policy implications.
Teen Relationships Website (TRW)
Covers such topics as abuse and respect, and offers help to teens seeking support, assistance, information, counseling, shelter and other services via their 24-hour hotline. "VolunTEENS" facilitate a chat room and answer hotline calls.
Teen Victim Project
This website is sponsored by the National Center for Victims of Crime. It contains information on topics such as bullying, assault, dating violence, robbery and more. It is available in English and Spanish.
Based upon PCAR's (Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape) teen sexual violence prevention campaign, this site allows visitors to listen to clips from the Xpose CD, read excerpts of the TEENesteem magazine, test their knowledge of sexual violence, learn what to do if victimized, and find out how to advocate for change. is attempting to raise awareness about digital dating abuse and stop it before it gets worse. Sponsored and co-created by CAEPV Member the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Office on Violence Against Women and the Ad Council, the site is designed to address new and complicated problems between teens who are dating or hooking up—problems like constant and controlling texting, pressuring for nude pictures, and breaking into someone's e-mail or social networking page. is a program of Break The Cycle and offers a safe, confidential and interactive web-based environment for teens and those concerned about a young person's safety. The site provides tools of prevention and intervention to help teens identify and build healthier relationships.
This is Abuse (UK)
A television advert that challenges teenagers: "If you could see yourself would you stop yourself?" is a key part of the campaign. The television campaign is backed by a dedicated website for teenagers. The site provides information on abuse in relationships and includes opportunities for live online discussion and expert advice.
Tough Talk
This new FREE "Tough Talk" brochure from Liz Claiborne helps men start a conversation with the boys in their lives about the subject of abuse, and developing and maintaining positive relationships.
"U Have the Right [to a Healthy Relationship]" This site, sponsored by Verizon Wireless, provides a list of characteristics of both healthy and unhealthy relationships, a test to find out if your relationships are healthy, information on what to do if you or someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship, and domestic violence resources for adults and teens, including organizations, and books for teens and parents.
When Love Hurts
This website for young women, underwritten by the Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre of Melbourne, Australia, is "a guide on love, respect and abuse in relationships."

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