According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 10 high school students report experiencing physical dating violence. In addition, a study conducted with 1,430 7th grade students revealed that many were already experiencing physical, psychological and electronic dating violence. Research also suggests a link between experiencing dating violence and other adverse health outcomes later in life.
Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is tackling this issue in 11 communities across the country. Targeting 11-to-14-year-olds and rallying entire communities, Start Strong is promoting healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse before it starts.
As this video illustrates, Start Strong uses innovative strategies to educate and engage youth in and out of school. It empowers teachers and others who influence teens to lead, design and implement teen dating violence prevention programs. The overarching goal: to change the way young people view their dating relationships and what behaviors are healthy and acceptable.