Teen Dating Violence Curricula Showcase

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					                                                                                                                        Virginia Department of Health
Teen Dating Violence Curricula Showcase                                                                                                  March 2010

 The Teen Dating Violence Curricula Showcase, hosted by the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Injury
 and Violence Prevention, is a training which offers participants information and resources on teen dating violence
 prevention. The Showcase features various curricula that participants can use after the training to educate others
 on the topic.

 In 2009, six Showcases were held in different locations throughout Virginia. All attendees (N=174) were asked to
 provide feedback in a follow-up survey approximately four to five months after participating in one of the trainings.
 The survey had a response rate of 56%, with 97 people completing it. This report, based on respondents’
 answers, highlights how Showcase attendees have used the information and resources provided to them during
 the training.

 Survey Findings
 Overall, more than three out of four (76%) survey respondents said they or their staff have presented information
 from at least one of the curricula featured in the Showcase. Approximately 9,713 youth and 300 adults have
 received education in teen dating violence prevention as a result of these presentations.1 Six respondents (6%)
 mentioned that although they have not yet presented any of the materials, they are planning to do so.
 The survey also included specific questions regarding the different curricula and resources covered during the
 Showcase. The following sections examine respondents’ use of materials from Choose Respect, Safe Dates,
 Statutory Rape, Building Healthy Relationships, Love Is Not Abuse, and RELATE.

 Choose Respect2
                 “The Choose Respect Initiative has gotten positive feedback in regards to the colorful posters
                   and the brochures. Students really like to take the quizzes and discuss them afterward.”

 Since attending the Showcase, 39% of respondents have used the
                                                                                                                 Presented Choose Respect
 Choose Respect video and discussion guide with youth . These individu-
 als gave over 370 presentations, educating more than 2,839 youth. About
 one-third (35%) of those who presented Choose Respect to youth also
                                                                                                                      Yes 39 %
 presented it to parents or other concerned adults. As a result, approxi-
                                                                                                                                  N o 6 1%
 mately 104 adults were educated in teen dating violence prevention.

 When asked to share one or two success stories, survey respondents
 frequently cited Choose Respect. Showcase participants have been
 successful in getting the approval needed to present Choose Respect in
 schools, and in some instances, the initiative is being implemented throughout entire school districts. Respon-
 dents mentioned presenting Choose Respect in other settings as well, including alternative middle schools, after-
 school programs, and detention centers.

     At least 5,511 of these youth and 267 of these adults are unduplicated.
     Information and resources on the Choose Respect initiative are available online at
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Safe Dates1
             “We presented all of the sessions to a church youth group during their spring break. Two of
              the attendees became peer educators. We have been invited to come next year as well.”

         Presented Safe Dates to Youth                                                     Num ber Safe Dates Presentations

                 38 %            N o 62 %                                    60




Safe Dates is an evidence-based program which
includes a multi-session curriculum, a play about
dating abuse, and a poster contest. Over one-third
                                                                   F ull         5-8           3-4            1- 2
(38%) of survey respondents said they have                     C urric ulum S e s s io ns S e s s io ns S e s s io n ( s )
presented Safe Dates since attending the Show-
case. Presenting to at least 116 groups, these individuals educated a total of 2,391 youth. While most (56%) of the
groups only participated in one or two sessions from the full curriculum, 11% of the groups participated in all nine
sessions. Although no one reported hosting the poster contest, one respondent said youth did present the play,
There is No Excuse for Dating Abuse.

When asked to share any success stories, respondents mentioned Safe Dates more than any other curriculum
featured at the Showcase. The program has been implemented in many different settings including public schools,
alternative schools, after-school programs, detention centers and technical centers. One in four (25%) presenters
reported having youth fill out the evaluation associated with the curriculum.

Statutory Rape2
           “I used some of the Healthy Relationships activities and the Crossing the Line Video in a train-
             ing I did [at a health careers program’s annual conference]. The training was very well re-
            ceived--lots of participation and [it was rated] one of the best programs in the conference.”

Since attending the Showcase, 18% of respondents reported presenting                                             Presented on Statutory Rape
material from the Statutory Rape initiative to adults. These presenters
showed the Crossing the Line video or other information on statutory rape                                             Y e s 18 %
to 196 adults. In addition to statutory rape, Crossing the Line addresses
                                                                                                                                   N o 82 %
the issue of sexual coercion by demonstrating a variety of scenarios that
teens may encounter. One school board in Virginia has already approved
the video and related materials for use in its high schools; all 9th grade
students will view the video unless they opt out of the program.

Love Is Not Abuse3
       Presented Love Is Not Abuse                        Love Is Not Abuse is a three session curriculum which uses poetry
                                                          and literature to engage high school aged males and females. The
           Yes 29 %                                       website includes a video supplement in which teens discuss dating
                             N o 7 1%                     violence. Since attending the Showcase, 29% of respondents reported
                                                          presenting Love Is Not Abuse to youth. A total of 719 youth have re-
                                                          ceived education from this curriculum.

  To purchase Safe Dates online, go to
  For more information on statutory rape prevention, or to download a free copy of Crossing the Line, go to
  To obtain a free copy of the Love Is Not Abuse curriculum, go to
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Building Healthy Relationships1
        “Our agency had already implemented the Building Healthy Relationships curriculum in high school
        presentations in all of our localities. Since the training, I was able to update the presentations and
             add more activities […] The feedback was great… the students enjoy hands on learning.”

          Presented Building Healthy                        The Building Healthy Relationships facilitator’s guide includes six
                Relationships                               separate units with detailed facilitator’s notes, handouts, and activi-
                                                            ties. According to the survey, more participants have used Building
                                                            Healthy Relationships since attending the Showcase than any other
            Yes 44 %             N o 56 %                   curriculum or resource featured. 46% of respondents have used the
                                                            Building Healthy Relationships facilitator’s guide, educating more
                                                            than 3,155 total youth.

          “Many [peer facilitators] have said that teaching the program has been helpful to them in their
           own relationships […] The health teachers like the idea of peer to peer teaching. They feel it
                         helps to reinforce what they are trying to teach their students.”

RELATE is a five session curriculum delivered to high school teens                                            Trained Peer Educators
by trained peer educators. Despite being the least frequently used
program from the Showcase, RELATE still had a measurable impact.                                                  Y e s 15 %
Respondents were able to train 76 peer educators. These peer edu-
                                                                                                                               N o 85 %
cators in turn gave presentations on teen dating violence prevention
to approximately 533 youth.

Summary and Conclusions
According to the survey, respondents have presented the information and resources from the Teen Dating Vio-
lence Curricula Showcase to audiences in many different settings:
•    Middle and High Schools                                                  •     After School Programs and Clubs
•    Alternative Schools                                                      •     Girl Scouts Troops
•    Juvenile Detention Centers                                               •     Church Youth Groups
•    Conferences                                                              •     Community Centers
•    Male Outreach Groups                                                     •     Technology Centers
•    Individual Therapy and Mentoring Programs                                •     Teen Parenting Programs

The biggest challenges respondents faced when planning to present the curricula to others involved time and ac-
cess. The required pre-approval process in many school systems delayed or prohibited the ability of some Show-
case attendees to present materials to students. Even with approval, the tight school schedule sometimes limited
the number of presentations that could be given, especially with the multi-session curricula. Outside of schools,
some individuals had trouble marketing their programs and recruiting participants. Getting parents involved was
also a challenge.
As a few survey respondents suggested, changing attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors can be a challenging and
lengthy process. When presenting the materials, these respondents sometimes faced difficulties in getting partici-
pants to take the topic of teen dating violence seriously and to understand that abuse is not the victim’s fault.

 A free copy of the Building Health Relationships facilitator’s guide can be downloaded online at
 To purchase a copy of the RELATE curriculum, which includes detailed lesson plans and handouts for peer facilitators as well as a workbook for partici-
pants, go to
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    Overall, feedback on the Teen Dating Violence Curricula Showcase was very positive. The majority of those sur-
    veyed indicated that the training increased their knowledge (90%); they have used information presented at the
    training (84%); and they have shared the materials with co-workers, other professionals, or volunteers (87%).1

                                                                                Usefulness of the Training

             T his t ra ining inc re a s e d m y                     S t ro ngly A gre e                                           A gre e                      N e ut ra l
                        k no wle dge

           I us e d inf o rm a t io n t ha t wa s               S t ro ngly A gre e                                      A gre e                          N e ut ra l
                       pre s e nt e d

          I s ha re d m a t e ria ls wit h o t he r                         S t ro ngly A gre e                                      A gre e                  N e ut ra l
                     pro f e s s io na ls

                                                  0%                          20 %                      40 %                 60 %                  80 %                 10 0 %

                                                      S t ro ngly A gre e      A gre e    N e ut ra l    D is a gre e   S t ro ngly D is a gre e

    When asked to provide any suggestions for future trainings, most respondents gave only positive comments and
    asked that the Virginia Department of Health to continue to offer such trainings. Respondents appreciated the ma-
    terials that were provided at the Showcase. A few respondents said more specific assistance on how to implement
    the programs (i.e. finding audiences or getting permission from schools) would be helpful and more time for discus-
    sion would allow professionals to share their experiences or strategies.

        Percentages based on the number respondents who “strongly agreed” or “agreed” with each statement.

                                                                                              Erica Williams
                                                                                       Program Support Technician
                                                                             Injury, Suicide & Violence Prevention Program

This report is available for download at:                                            Virginia Department of Health                                                      109 Governor Street, 8th Floor
                                                                                          Richmond, VA 23219
                                                                                          Phone: 804-864-7741

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