More than 60 percent said that the programs influenced their choice in partners, or helped them decide to leave an unhealthy relationship.
“The program helped me learn how to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships and how to overcome possible problems and issues that could lead to an unhealthy relationship.
Many of the programs incorporate important leadership opportunities for teens to co-facilitate the program.
“Working with teens to focus on violence prevention is critical to make a long term impact on ending abuse in Canada” says Beverley Wybrow, CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
This three day event will bring together youth leaders, community experts, teachers, school administrators and policy makers from across the nation to learn about best practices and develop new program strategies for teen healthy relationship programs as a violence prevention strategy in Canada.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable.
Unfortunately, teen dating violence—the type of intimate partner violence that occurs between two young people who are, or who were once in, an intimate relationship—is a serious problem in the United States.
It is important to create spaces, such as school communities, where the behavioral norms are not tolerant of abuse in dating relationships.
The message must be clear that treating people in abusive ways will not be accepted, and policies must enforce this message to keep students safe.