The SHINE Initiative


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"Safe Dates" Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program

Serving: Approximately 1,450 girls and women

Areas: Arlington, Bedford, Burleson, Crowley, Euless, Fort Worth, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Saginaw

Funds from The SHINE Initiative will support the delivery of Safe Dates presentations throughout the 2017 fall semester (August-December 2017) in middle and high schools throughout Tarrant County. 

The Rise and SHINE Grant funds will support the delivery of Safe Dates in approximately 30 middle and high schools throughout Tarrant County. Safe Dates is a comprehensive, evidence-based youth dating violence prevention program for students 8th-12th grades delivered by SafeHaven's trained prevention specialists in classrooms and small group settings.

Girls and young women, ages 16-24, experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence.  Adolescents in their earliest relationships are vulnerable to becoming victims of controlling and abusive behavior, establishing a pattern that can repeat their entire lives.  Safe Dates' 7-session prevention curriculum reaches both girls and boys to develop healthy attitudes and realistic expectations about relationships.  Safe Dates works to reduce dating violence and bring an end to domestic violence.