DateWise is the anchor for our overall violence prevention campaign. This peer-led teen dating violence prevention and healthy relationship skill-building program is offered in local school districts and throughout the wider community. Using the concepts incorporated in the DateWise curriculum, staff and volunteers bring violence prevention education into venues as diverse as the Youth Council, summer leadership experiences, community festivals, and our Senior Program. We strive to address different categories of violence—domestic abuse, child abuse, elder abuse, etc.—in order to break the cyclical nature of this societal problem.
Putting a stop to violence
DateWise is a program designed to prevent teen dating violence and promote healthy relationship skills. The program was developed by Renton Youth and Family Services in response to the silence surrounding the prevalent issue of dating violence. Since 1999, GMVCC has further developed and implemented the program to meet the following goals:
- To increase knowledge of the extent, causes, and solutions to teen dating violence;
- Increase knowledge of the characteristics of a healthy relationship; and
- Increase awareness of the warning signs of dating violence.
VOLUNTEER TO BE A PEER EDUCATOR
Student peer educators from the Tahoma School District are trained to lead interactive presentations regarding dating violence, providing statistics, discussions, video clips and group activities in a large group setting. Teachers and other adults are also invited to participate as they provide another perspective on the topics being taught. DateWise peer educators develop leadership skills through various lessons and team building activities. A one school year commitment to trainings and presentations is required. Students will complete total of 52 hours training including a full day retreat at the end of October as well as monthly training at The Den Youth Center. Contact Laura for more information and permission slips.
DATING VIOLENCE STATISTICS AND FACTS
- 1 in 3 young women will experience dating violence in a relationship by the age of twenty.
- Dating violence occurs in all ethnic and religious groups and at all socio-economic levels.
- 1 in 25 teens in abusive relationships seek help from an adult.
- Jealousy is the leading cause of dating violence.
- 1 in 3 women murdered in the US is killed by her husband or boyfriend.
- Only 4 in 10 relationships end after the onset of violence.
- More than 70% of pregnant or parenting teens are abused by their boyfriend.
SCHEDULE A PRESENTATION
If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a 60-90 minute Datewise Presentation at your school or organization, please email Datewise Coordinator Laura Newman or call the Greater Maple Valley Community Center at 425-432-1272. We are here to be a resource in teen dating violence prevention.
October 22, 2016