Safe Dates is school-based program designed to stop or prevent the initiation of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse on dates or between individuals involved in a dating relationship.
Since violent behavior is often tied to substance abuse, Safe Dates may be used in conjunction with drug and alcohol prevention and general violence prevention programs. Safe Dates been identified as a model program in the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
- Risk Factors Addressed: Individual Early dating, sexual activity, fatherhood, Few social ties (involved in social activities, popularity), Life stressors, Violent victimization, Peer Association with antisocial, aggressive, delinquent peers; high peer delinquency
- Target Population: Intended for male and female middle- and high-school students 12 to 18 years of age. The curriculum meets multiple National Health education academic standards for both 6th - 8th grade and 9th - 12th grades.
- CSAP Strategy: Prevention Education
- Process: The Safe Dates program includes a curriculum with ten 50-minute sessions, as well as an optional 45-minute play to be performed by students and an optional poster contest.
- Evaluation Measures: Focus groups as well as fidelity instruments which are used after each session.
Where to Get Help:
If you or a friend are in an unhealthy or abusive dating relationship and need help, check out these two websites:
- The Safe Space, a project of Break the Cycle, is the most comprehensive resource on the web for teens and young adults to learn about domestic and dating violence as well as their legal rights and options. Click here to link directly to The Safe Space.
- If the way your boyfriend or girlfriend treats you bothers you, peer advocates at Love Is Respect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline can help you figure out if the things happening in your relationship are normal. For information and to talk to a live advocate via a private, confidential online chat click on the Love Is Respect icon below.