A Promising Practice to Help End Violence Against Girls and Women
Battered Women’s Support Services has been delivering youth prevention programming since the late 1980’s. Our program includes multimedia components and discussion within mixed gender and single gender youth environments, primarily within the school system (conventional, alternative and private) for secondary school students.
Our program called Dating Violence Education Program consisted of three streams: violence in dating relationships in mixed gender settings, healthy relationships in single (girls/women only) and mixed gender settings and dating Violence awareness for girls and young women.
Since 2007, we’ve been focusing our efforts on providing crisis intervention and counselling to women living with violence.
Here is more about Battered Women’s Support Services youth prevention programming:
Youth Taking Action to End Violence Against Girls and Women
YOUth Ending Violence Pilot Project Wrap-Up
We are extremely proud and excited to have completed the pilot phase of our YOUth Ending Violence Project. The workshops focused several different aspects of teen dating violence including: power and control in teen dating relationships; Recognizing tactics that abusers use to maintain power and control; Naming qualities of a healthy relationship.
The workshops challenged our socialization – the way we look at what it means to be feminine and masculine and how those notions play a role in violence against young women in relationships. The workshop also included strategies on how to take a personal stance against violence and be an empowered/effective bystander. We also provided the youth with a list of services that offer information and/or support regarding abuse in dating relationships.
Many successes were achieved during our pilot phase and we were able to fully train and support six youth facilitators. We delivered workshops in 15 schools, mainstream and alternative and 12 community based organizations/groups throughout seven different communities. In total 59 workshops were facilitated and overall, we reached 1023 students, of which, 987 completed an evaluation! We received some amazing feedback from the youth in the evaluations proving that youth are engaged in learning about and preventing teen dating violence
Here are a few quotes from the evaluations:
“the presentation will help reduce/prevent abuse when I am in a relationship to know my rights as a woman”
“I would be able to know what to do if my friends or myself encounter this situation”
“The presentation made me feel that it is my right to stand up for myself if something is wrong in my relationship”
“It gave me a lot of info on how to be a good boyfriend”
“Manhood is not all about being strong and tough”
“I learned how to be an empowered bystander: thank you!!”
Here’s more about YOUth Ending Violence pilot project from two facilitators discussing teen dating violence and their experiences as facilitators.
As we move ahead, we are integrating learning approaches that mobilize youth with awareness and safety planning with gender-based cyber-bullying, as well as, lethality in dating violence situations. For more information and to book a workshop email email@example.com