Relationship Abuse


Break the Cycle

  • Empowering youth to end domestic violence.

Centers for disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Children's Safety Network (CSN)

  • Children's Safety Network, National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention is dedicated to working with state, territorial and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy. We work with states and territories to infuse knowledge, expertise, and leadership to reduce injury, hospitalization, disability and death for all children and youth.

  • Teen Dating Violence Resources

Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA)

  • CCASA promotes safety, justice, and healing for survivors while working toward the elimination of sexual violence., Provides research, resources, and training to enable Colorado communities to believe and support survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and take action to end sexual violence.

  • An Analysis of Colorado PREP Curricula: A Trauma-Informed Approach (Published - Oct. 2014)

    • In late Fall of 2013, the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) was approached by the Colorado Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Manager regarding continued training and technical assistance for grantees on effective response to and engagement of PREP participants who have experienced, or are currently experiencing trauma. Because the PREP curricula are largely focused on sexual health and sexual health decision-making, there was particular concern for how participants who have experienced sexual abuse and/or sexual violence may be impacted by the current curricula.

    • In this report you will find:

      • Helpful information on a trauma-informed approach to working with youth.

      • Content focused on teaching youth healthy relationship skills, bodily integrity, and setting/respecting boundaries.

      • Ideas for ensuring that sexual health classes are safe spaces for youth who have experienced child sexual abuse.

      • Guidance on how reproductive coercion information can and should be integrated into pregnancy prevention.

      • Specific trauma-informed adaptations for four federally-approved sexual health curricula.

Dibble Institute

  • Resources for teaching relationship skills to teens and young adults.

End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI)

  • Online Training Institute: Successfully Investigating and Prosecuting Sexual Assault

    • Presented by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) this is a series of free courses offered to anyone who is interested in the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. The OLTI provides the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim (i.e. non-strangers).

    • Participants in the OLTI can work through the various training modules to learn and review new information and then apply this newly acquired knowledge in realistic and interactive scenarios, as well as assessment methods such as quizzes, tests, and case studies.

    • For professionals who successfully complete OLTI courses, continuing education is available for nurses, counselors, and law enforcement officers.

Journal of Adolescent Health

Journal of the American Medical Association

Love is Respect

  • Community discussions and a helpline for dating violence

  • Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 or 1-866-331-8453, or text "loveis" to 77054

  • Safety Planning Guide - A safety plan is a personalized, practical plan that can help you avoid dangerous situations and know the best way to react when you're in danger.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

  • Teen Sexual Assault: Information for Teens Explains the difference between consent and coercion. Defines and answers common questions about sexual assault and teen dating violence. Delineates how drugs and alcohol interfere with safety. Details how teens can protect themselves. Describes the steps to take if assaulted sexually and where to go for more information, and explores the common misconceptions teens may have about sexual assault.

  • Teen Sexual Assault: Information for Parents covers the same information, in addition to ways parents can help to protect their teenagers.

National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (VAWnet)

  • VAWnet is a comprehensive and easily accessible online collection of full-text, searchable materials and resources on domestic violence, sexual violence and related issues.

  • The goal of VAWnet, The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women is to use electronic communication technology to enhance efforts to prevent violence against women and intervene more effectively when it occurs. VAWnet supports local, state, and national prevention and intervention strategies that enhance safety and well-being and address the self-identified needs and concerns of victims and survivors.

National Resources Center

  • Addressing the Gendered Dimensions of Harassment and Bullying: What Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocates Need to Know

    • This paper for the National Resources Center on Domestic Violence and National Sexual Violence Resource Center, based on U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education Study introduces and discusses a recent policy memo from the U.S. Department of Education, that clarifies the distinctions between bullying and harassment and the priorities and responsibilities of school districts, explores the unintended consequences of ignoring the gendered dimensions of bullying and harassment in K-12 schools, and suggests helpful strategies for advocates collaborating with school personnel and students.

National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

The International Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect

That's Not Cool

  • Draw your own lines around what is, or is not, acceptable relationship behavior and seek help from your peers.

Urban Institute Teen Dating Abuse

  • The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues - to foster sound public policy and effective government.

  • Digitizing Abuse is an Urban Institute project studying the role of technology in teen dating abuse and harassment. Knowing how many teens are affected and how they've been victimized can inform strategies to address this problem.

  • Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Youth (Sept. 2013)

    • Media attention and the literature on lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth overwhelmingly focus on violence involving hate crimes and bullying, while ignoring the fact that vulnerable youth also may be at increased risk of violence in their dating relationships. In this study, researchers examine physical, psychological, sexual, and cyber dating violence experiences among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth-as compared to those of heterosexual youth, and explore variations in the likelihood of help-seeking behavior and the presence of particular risk factors among both types of dating violence victims.

  • Technology, Teen Dating Violence & Abuse and Bullying (July 2013)

    • The goal of this project was to expand knowledge about the types of violence and abuse experiences youth have via technology (e.g., social networking sites, texting on cell phones), and how the experience of such cyber abuse within teen dating relationships or through bullying relates to other life factors. The study's findings showed that more than a quarter (26 percent) of youth in a relationship said they experienced some form of cyber dating abuse victimization in the prior year. With regard to other findings on bullying experiences, the study showed that one in six youth (17 percent) reported being victims of cyber bullying. Fewer than one in ten youth reported perpetrating cyber bullying in the prior year.

  • Teen Dating Abuse and Harassment in the Digital World: Implications for Prevention and Intervention (2013)

    • One in four dating teens is abused or harassed online or through texts by their partners, according to the largest survey to date on the subject. New technologies - social networking sites, texts, cell phones, and e-mails - have given abusers another way to control, degrade, and frighten their partners. These tools haven't pushed overall abuse rates up, but have allowed abusers to harass their victims anywhere and at anytime, even when they're apart.

  • Teen Dating Resources:

    • List of resources, materials and articles that addresses teen dating violence

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

  • Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

    • An office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is dedicated to improving the health and well being of adolescents to enable them to become healthy, productive adults. First funded in 2010, OAH supports and evaluates evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs and implements the Pregnancy Assistance Fund, coordinates HHS efforts related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention, and communicates adolescent health information to health professionals and groups, those who serve youth, parents, grantees, and the general public. OAH is the convener and catalyst for the development of a national adolescent health agenda.

    • Healthy Relationships

    • Reproductive Health

    • Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Evidence-Based Programs Database

      • This is a searchable database of the program models on the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) List of Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program Models (which is a listing of programs with impacts on teen pregnancies or births, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), or sexual activity). You can use this database to find programs that work for certain target populations, settings, ages, and more.

  • Toolkit to Incorporate Adolescent Relationship Abuse Prevention Into Existing Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Programming, August 2014 (pdf)

    • Created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Family and Youth Services Bureau

    • The link between teen pregnancy and violence has been documented by researchers for two decades. Understanding the dynamics of adolescent relationship abuse and working to prevent it can help adolescent pregnancy prevention projects meet their mission of promoting the sexual health and overall well-being of young people.

    • This toolkit, prepared by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program's Training and Technical Assistance and Meeting Logistical Support project for the Family and Youth Services Bureau, will walk sexual health educators and other youth workers through the steps of making relationship violence prevention an integral part of their adolescent pregnancy prevention work.

University of Illinois

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Youth Sexual Health in Colorado: A Call to Action

  • Published by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in 2012 as part of the Colorado 9to25 youth health initiative.

  • The Call to Action addresses youth, defined here as ages 9-24, families and communities across the state of Colorado and provides strategies for communities to improve the health of young people by:

    1. decreasing rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV

    2. decreasing the rates of unintended teen pregnancy

    3. decreasing the incidence of sexual assault and dating violence, and

    4. increasing participation by youth in educational and career opportunities.


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