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Teen Dating Violence Demonstration Projects 

Project Goal

The purpose of the Teen Dating Violence Demonstration Projects is to build capacity of domestic violence organizations in integrating promising strategies for domestic violence (DV) and teen dating violence (TDV) primary prevention into comprehensive community-based prevention initiatives. 

Project Description and Key Functions

The California Department of Public Health, Violence Prevention Unit initiated the funding of six (6) Teen Dating Violence Demonstration Projects with a grant period of January 2010 through December 2013.  The priority audience selected for the demonstration projects was youth, ages 11-18, with a strong focus on middle school aged youth.  The rationale for focusing on this age group is based on several important research findings: (1) the perpetration of dating violence (both physical and sexual violence) is a risk factor for perpetrating violence against women in the future and so its prevention represents an important opportunity to reduce levels of intimate partner and sexual violence (IPV/SV) across the life course; (2) exposure to dating violence and subsequent intimate partner and sexual violence has important and significant effects on the mental and physical health of girls and women; (3) there is a developing evidence base for prevention of dating violence that can be built upon and improved to address this important problem; and 4) middle school is an important period of adolescent development leading to dating and intimate relationships.

TDV Demonstration Project grantees are required to: (1) participate in intensive technical assistance and training with state and national experts on primary prevention strategies; and (2) implement a promising strategy in their community and collaborate with CDPH/VPU in the formal documentation and evaluation of their project, including the development of project case studies.

The promising strategies currently being implemented and evaluated by grantees are outlined below:

·       Promoting Gender Respect develops leadership skills of middle school aged boys to respond to and prevent gendered bullying and sexual and dating violence, including model approaches in bystander intervention.  This is implemented through a 6-8 week session curriculum, linked with community activities.  To support the leadership skill-building, additional strategies of partnering with organizations and engaging influential adults create a comprehensive approach for prevention.

·       Close to Home uses a community mobilization strategy that engages youth, adults, and organizational leaders to implement local prevention strategies to prevent domestic and teen dating violence.  This includes: building a strong, active network of community members and organizations committed to fostering community-wide responsibility for domestic and teen dating violence; developing local leadership to identify, develop, and implement prevention projects; and transforming environmental factors and social norms to prevent initial perpetration of domestic and teen dating violence.

·       GroundSpark/Respect for All seeks to create inclusive, bias- and violence-free schools and communities by providing media tools, support, and training to youth, educators, and youth service providers.  Demonstration projects employ a comprehensive set of resources within a middle school and community setting, including award-winning documentary films, curriculum guides, and professional development workshops that train teachers and service providers to use films and materials with young people to address social norms perpetuating domestic and teen dating violence.

For additional information, see the links below, or contact Nancy Bagnato, MPH, at nancy.bagnato@cdph.ca.gov.

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