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In 2015, 12% of dating female high school students and 7% of dating male high school students reported experiencing physical dating violence, and 16% of female and 5% of male students reported experiencing sexual dating violence (CDC MMWR-YRBSS 2016).

Increased knowledge of intimate partner violence Reduced intimate partner violence Reduced delinquent behavior Increased condom use There is some evidence that school-based programs to prevent youth intimate partner violence (IPV) increase knowledge about, and improve attitudes toward, teen dating violence (Campbell-De La Rue 2014) and avert dating violence (De Koker 2014* - De Koker P, Mathews C, Zuch M, Bastien S, Mason-Jones AJ. Whitaker 2006* - Whitaker DJ, Morrison S, Lindquist C, et al. Overall, participants in school-based IPV prevention interventions for middle and high school students demonstrate increases in knowledge about healthy behaviors in couple relationships and greater awareness of appropriate approaches to conflict solution than non-participants (Campbell-De La Rue 2014, Campbell-Fellmeth 2013).

A critical review of interventions for the primary prevention of perpetration of partner violence. A systematic review of interventions for preventing adolescent intimate partner violence. The Start Strong program, designed for middle school students, decreases gender stereotypes and acceptance of teen dating violence among participants two years after the intervention (Miller 2015* - Miller S, Williams J, Cutbush S, et al. De Koker 2014* - De Koker P, Mathews C, Zuch M, Bastien S, Mason-Jones AJ. Whitaker 2006* - Whitaker DJ, Morrison S, Lindquist C, et al. Safe Dates and Fourth R are two examples of school-based intimate partner prevention programs with curriculum available online.

Evaluation of the Start Strong initiative: Preventing teen dating violence and promoting healthy relationships among middle school students. A systematic review of interventions for preventing adolescent intimate partner violence. A critical review of interventions for the primary prevention of perpetration of partner violence. Safe Dates training is offered in several states (Safe Dates) and the Start Strong program is implemented in 11 US cities (Start Strong).

A systematic review of interventions for preventing adolescent intimate partner violence. A critical review of interventions for the primary prevention of perpetration of partner violence. Participating students also report less acceptance of dating violence than non-participating peers (Campbell-De La Rue 2014).

The Fourth R program (SAMHSA-NREPP), Safe Dates (YG-Program search, Whitaker 2006* - Whitaker DJ, Morrison S, Lindquist C, et al. De Koker 2014* - De Koker P, Mathews C, Zuch M, Bastien S, Mason-Jones AJ. Fourth R substantially reduces violent delinquency among youth with a history of child maltreatment and also increases participating adolescents’ condom use (SAMHSA-NREPP).

In 2015, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee provided Healthy Girls Initiative grants, which used safe dates and related curriculum to help prevent teen pregnancy, sexual violence, and victimization (United Way-Healthy girls initiative).

Campbell-Fellmeth 2013 - Fellmeth GLT, Nurse J, Heffernan C, Habibula S, Sethi D. De Koker 2014* - De Koker P, Mathews C, Zuch M, Bastien S, Mason-Jones AJ. Miller 2015* - Miller S, Williams J, Cutbush S, et al. Whitaker 2006* - Whitaker DJ, Morrison S, Lindquist C, et al.

Classrooms were randomly selected within tracks and individual student outcomes were assessed pre- and postintervention and six months later.

Students in intervention classrooms showed improved knowledge, less acceptance of female-on-male aggression, and enhanced perception of the helpfulness and likelihood of seeking assistance from a number of sources immediately after the program.

Deana's Educational Theater Company is a nonprofit organization that offers interactive performance-based presentations covering current issues of dating violence, bullying, cyber bullying, sexual coercion, harassment and respect.