The Problem 

  • More than 1 in 4 teens have been in a relationship where they are verbally abused.
  • 20% between the ages of 11-14 say their friends are victims of dating violence.
  • 62% of all tweens in relationships say they know friends who are verbally abused.
  • 40% of teenage girls age 14 to 17 reported knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.

 Date Smart

Dating Abuse - Defined

 A pattern of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, used by a person against a dating partner to get power and control over that dating partner.  This applies to both straight and gay relationships. Either boys or girls can be the abuser. 

The Solution

  • DART's DateSmart course promotes healthy relationships and addresses dating violence prevention through a 3-hour workshop custom developed to reach youth from the middle to high school levels.

  • DART's You Are Your Best Defense course is a 4-hour practical self-defense workshop.  
  • DART's Introduction to Self-Defense course is a 90-minute workshop offers younger child an age-appropriate introduction to self-defense. 

          For details about these courses, CLICK HERE.

 Warning Signs Someone is Being Abused   

  • The #1 sign someone is being abused is isolation.
  • They are told what kind of clothes they can wear.
  • They drop out of their usual activities, such as sports, church or choir.
  • They constantly get calls or texts asking who they are with and what they are doing.
  • They are being put-down and criticized.


Bold indicates a link:

  • LovelsRespect.org
  • Safe2tell.org 877.542-SAFE
  • National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline - 1.866.331.9474 PTY - 1.866.331.8453
  • Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley - 303.772.4422
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline - NDVH.org
  • 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)



Some Warning Signs Someone is Being an Abuser    Ddddd

They put their boyfriend/girlfriend down in public and call them names. 

They get jealous when their boyfriend/girlfriend spend time with their friends or family .

They call their boyfriend/girlfriend excessively and get angry when they don’t answer.

They ask their boyfriend/girlfriend to change their style or way of dress .

They monitor their boyfriend/girlfriend’s email or profile on a social networking sight. 


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