Assessing the effects of the dating violence prevention
The ultimate goal of prevention and intervention is to stop dating violence before it begins.
During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning the skills they need to form positive, healthy relationships with others.
This is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of relationship violence that can last into adulthood.Studies investigating the effectiveness of programs to prevent dating violence are beginning to show positive results.
Most programs focus on changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviors linked with dating violence while focusing on the skills needed to build healthy relationships.
These teens also had high rates of exposure to bullying, sexual harassment and peer aggression, as both victims and perpetrators.
Overall, the mothers and youth reported that they enjoyed the booklets and found them helpful and informative.
Given low rates of booklet completion and follow-up, however, the researchers could not decisively determine what effects the booklet had.
Researchers found that, compared with the control group who received no intervention, students who received the school-level intervention or both the school- and classroom-level interventions experienced reduced levels of dating violence and sexual harassment.To adapt Families for Safe Dates for teens exposed to domestic violence, the researcher recruited 28 women (and 35 of their 12- to 15-year-old children) from four counties, either when the women were in court filing a domestic violence protection order or when the women were seeking services through public or community-based programs.To be eligible, women had to have been victims of domestic violence but no longer living with their partners and to have a child 12 to 15 years old.The program goals are to change adolescent norms on dating violence and gender-roles, improve conflict resolution skills for dating relationships, promote victims’ and perpetrators’ beliefs in the need for help and awareness of community resources for dating violence, encourage help-seeking by victims and perpetrators, and develop peer help-giving skills. Safe Dates can be used as a dating abuse prevention tool for both male and female middle- and high-school students.