Comprehensive Strategies to Promote Healthy Relationships & Prevent Teen Dating Abuse
"The Symposium yesterday was great. I now have a comprehensive understanding of the options and avenues available for building an effective prevention program. Our school board member and I were able to generate many ideas, and we are excited to bring a dating abuse policy to the next school board meeting." - Symposium participant
"I left very inspired and ready to start some policy change in our school district!" - Symposium participant
"What an awesome Symposium! My colleague and I were talking about it the whole way home. We have so many ideas now. We feel good about the things we are already doing, and are definitely ready to improve and do more!" - Symposium participant
In the last 3 years, there have been significant advances in the research, theory and practice of school-based dating abuse prevention. To leverage California's rich assets and increase our impact, the Partnership hosted over 50 teen dating abuse prevention advocates, school partners, and other stakeholders for a one-day Safe At Our Schools Symposium.
The Symposium was held on June 19, 2012 at the Futures Without Violence Center in San Francisco. The event included:
- A showcase of evidence-based, promising, and innovative dating abuse prevention efforts in California;
- Training on how to adopt and implement a school dating abuse policy by Sally Schaeffer, Policy Manager with Futures Without Violence; and,
- Action planning to take back learnings and carry them forward to strengthen school-based dating abuse prevention efforts.
The Symposium objectives were to:
1. Increase knowledge of, and intention to implement comprehensive school-based dating abuse prevention efforts.
2. Increase knowledge of, and intention to adopt and implement school dating abuse policies.
3. Increase knowledge of school-based dating abuse prevention programs, model policies, and resources in California.
4. Strengthen California’s statewide network of prevention advocates working to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse.
The Symposium addressed priorities identified by the Partnership's Prevention Plan 2009-2013, the Partnership’s Public Policy and Research Committee's Teen Dating Abuse Sub-Committee's 2012 Agenda, and the California Department of Public Health's Teen Dating Violence Prevention Project.
Proceedings from the Symposium will disseminated to strengthen comprehensive school-based dating abuse prevention efforts throughout California.
Comprehensive school-based dating abuse prevention framework
Programs that were showcased
Safe At Our Schools Symposium Participants were better informed about all Symposium objectives as a result of their participation (see Figure 1).
Figure 1: Safe At Our Schools Symposium Participant Retrospective Pre-Test Results (n=35)
(0 = “not at all informed;” 4 = “well informed.”)
As a result of their participation in the Symposium:
- 100% of participants were more likely to expand and/or strengthen their local prevention efforts to be more comprehensive, and include strategies at the individual, relationship, organization and community levels, in collaboration with partners.
- 86% of participants were more likely to advocate for the adoption and implementation of a school dating abuse policy in their community.
- 80% of participants were more likely to participate in activities to nurture a vibrant and diverse statewide network of prevention advocates working to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating abuse.
- 68% of participants were more likely to participate in activities to advocate for teen dating abuse prevention at the state-level.
Travel reimbursement: The Partnership will reimburse participants for travel expenses. For those traveling 100 miles or more, we will also reimburse for one night accommodations (according to government rates). Expense claim forms are due by July 19, 2012. Questions about expense claims may be directed to Alicia Stonebreaker: alicia [at] cpedv.org.
More information: Please contact Lisa Fujie Parks, Prevention Program Manager at lisa [at] cpedv.org or 510-967-0369.