Community Needs : Domestic Violence, Family Support Services, Housing Assistance
Peer Education Program helps prevent domestic violence against teens
The Safe, Healthy Adolescent Relationships (SHARe) Peer Education Program helps prevent domestic violence by teens, educates teens about the dynamics of abusive relationships and helps teens distinguish and build healthy relationships.
It also directs teens to support systems if they are in a abusive relationship. Teens whose lives have been touched by domestic violence are given 35 hours of peer educator training. In turn, they share their personal stories with peers in presentations at schools and other places. The program demonstrates that teens listen to teens. Nationally, 25% of teens are in abusive relationships. Locally, 91% of the teens who attended the presentations and workshops report that they know how to find resources and get help for themselves or someone else in an abusive relationship. Our grant helped maintain this vital program.