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What You Can Do

For Adult Allies​
Adults can play a powerful role in stopping teen dating violence.  Learn more about how to prevent and stop dating violence in your community here.
Healthy Teen Relationships Workshop
To request a workshop, contact Vanessa Bolton, Health Education Associate at (408) 792-3743 or
Participate in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Dating Matters 60-minute online training to learn strategies to promote healthy teen relationships.
Technical Assistance
Contact the Public Health’s Violence Prevention Program to request technical assistance to support a capacity assessment in your school district.
Parent Handbook
A Parent’s Guide To Teen Dating Violence start an open and honest discussion about teen dating violence and healthy relationships with your teen.
Love Is… (YouTube Videos)
Show the locally produced Love is… videos on TV monitors in waiting rooms, lobbies, classroom presentations and other common areas.
Start Strong - School Climate and District Policies:
Review model policies developed for school districts throughout the U.S. as part of the national Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative.   
Dating Violence
Dating abuse is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. While we define dating violence as a pattern, that doesn’t mean the first instance of abuse is not dating violence.
Dating Violence Can Be:
Physical: Hitting, slapping, choking, kicking
Emotional/Verbal: Putting you down; embarrassing you in public (online or off); threatening you in any way; telling you what to do or what to wear
Sexual: Pressuring or forcing you to do anything sexual, including sexting; restricting access to birth control
Financial: Taking your paychecks; preventing you from working
Digital: Sending threats via text, social media or email; stalking or humiliating you on social media; logging into your social media or email accounts without permission; forcing you to share passwords
Warning Signs
Extreme jealousy or insecurity
Explosive temper
Isolating you from family or friends
Making false accusations
Mood swings
Need Help?
Do you have questions about your relationship? About a friend's relationship? Visit for interactive quizzes, information on all your relationship questions and ways to speak to a trained peer via chat, text or phone, 24/7.

Last updated: 1/22/2019 2:26 PM