Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Dating Matters:  Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Dating Matters®: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) free 60-minute, interactive training designed to help educators, youth-serving organizations, and others working with teens understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with teen dating violence.

Dating Matters®: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention takes place in a virtual school setting, complete with navigation through school hallways and classrooms. A teacher’s whiteboard presents information in a user-friendly way and provide navigation, help, and interactive resources for use throughout the course.

The CDC based Dating Matters®: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention on three important facts:

Dating violence has important negative effects on the mental and physical health of youth, as well as on their school performance.

Violence in an adolescent relationship sets the stage for problems in future relationships, including intimate partner violence and sexual violence perpetration and/or victimization throughout life. Therefore, early intervention is needed to stop violence in youth relationships before it begins and keep it from continuing into adult relationships.

Although evidence suggests dating violence is a significant problem in economically disadvantaged urban communities, where often times due to environmental factors an accumulation of risk factors for violence exists, there have been few attempts to adapt the developing evidence base for prevention of dating violence within these communities.