An estimated 28% of young people experience violence in a dating relationship, about the same rate as adult domestic violence. It happens in all communities, regardless of ethnicity or class, whether urban, suburban or rural. Its victims are as young as girls can be when they start dating. Significantly, teen dating violence is associated with higher levels of substance abuse, violence, victimization, as well as lower school achievement. Dating victims present a strong, consistent pattern of exposure to, and participation in, a broad range of high-risk behaviors.
Peace Over Violence developed the In Touch With Teens (ITWT) program in response to the growing awareness of violence in teen relationships. The purpose of the ITWT program is to prevent the tragedy of relationship violence through education, advocacy and organizing. In order to achieve this goal to help teens create violence-free relationships we have been implementing our ITWT Teen Relationship Violence Prevention curriculum since 1991 in junior high and high schools, juvenile detention centers, and other community based youth organizations. The program received it’s initial funding from the Office of Criminal Justice Planning in 1992.
Some of the In Touch With Teens Prevention programs include:
- High Risk Youth Services
- Juvenile Impact Program
- Students Together Organizing Peace (S.T.O.P)
- Men Of Strength (MOST)