Dating violence activities for middle school
Activities aimed at increasing awareness and dispelling myths about violence in relationships are often included in the curriculum.
The Safe Dates Project is an intervention that includes school activities (e.g., a theater production performed by peers, a curriculum of ten 45-minute sessions taught by health and physical education teachers, and a poster contest) and community activities (e.g., services for adolescents in abusive relationships and service provider training).
Most of the handful of programs that have been empirically investigated are school-based and use a group format.
Program length varies from less than a day to more than 20 sessions.
For example, higher levels of bonding to parents and enhanced social skills can protect girls against victimization.
Similarly, for boys, high levels of parental bonding have been found to be associated with less externalizing behavior, which in turn is associated with less teen dating violence victimization.
Learn more about characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
That’s why it’s important that our teens and young adults be educated about the characteristics and consequences of this all too common problem.
The activities in the lesson help convey this information in a very interactive and hands-on approach.
An evaluation of Break the Cycle’s Ending Violence curriculum with a sample of predominately Latino teens from a large urban school district found that the youth demonstrated improved knowledge of the laws related to dating violence, less acceptance of female-on-male aggression, and increased perception of the likelihood and helpfulness of seeking assistance from various sources after they had completed the program.
The 4th R, an interactive classroom curriculum for ninth-grade students, aims to reduce youth dating violence by addressing youth violence and bullying, unsafe sexual behavior, and substance use.