Part of our work in addition to the service we offer to families in immediate crisis situations is to address the preventative measures to combat future generations from experiencing domestic abuse in intimate relationships.
The ultimate goal of educational workshops is to stop dating violence before it starts. Strategies that promote healthy relationships are vital. During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning skills they need to form positive relationships with others. This is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of dating violence that can last into adulthood.
Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling. These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship. But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape.
After receiving a number of contacts of interest from local schools and youth groups, we developed a ‘Healthy Relationships Programme’ aimed at young people of 14-18 years, supporting them to be self aware and protect themselves.
We have piloted this programme in South West Dublin schools and aim to launch the programme in Spring 2013, after receiving funding from Cosc to produce a DVD and accompanying leaflets and posters. We will be actively accepting requests for this programme from schools , youth groups,etc then.