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Date Smart

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DateSmart’s goals are to offer young people the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to avoid becoming either targets or perpetrators of dating violence and to develop healthy interpersonal relationships.

How big is the problem?

Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
One in 10 teen girls and one in 11 teen boys admits to having experienced physical violence in a dating relationship in the past year.
One in three teens say they know someone who has been physically assaulted or hurt by a dating partner.
One in five teens admits to being emotionally abused in the past year.
Among 11- to 14-year-olds who have been in relationships, 62% of them know friends who have been verbally abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence — almost triple the national average.
Among female victims of intimate partner violence, 94% of those age 16-19 and 70% of those age 20-24 were victimized by a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend.
The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.
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Healthy Relationships and Teen Dating Violence Prevention

DateSmart, a training for 7th and 8th-grade students, is currently offered using the Zoom platform at no charge. For more information on having DART provide DateSmart training, please use this contact button. 

DART also offers access to the materials and support needed for you to successfully teach DateSmart at your school. For DateSmart material, please fill out the form and we’ll be in touch. Click the button below.

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DateSmart uses highly interactive small- and large-group discussions, activities, role- playing, and media components to help students:
  • Learn the importance of self-reliance when confronted with violence
  • Understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Recognize patterns and behaviors related to dating violence
  • Learn appropriate responses to potential dating violence situations
  • Understand how to help a friend
  • Know where they can go for help

Also included are resources for parents/guardians in both English and Spanish.

A 1-hour and 3-hour version are available.

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