Education and Prevention
Breaking the cycle of violence through knowledge
For over 30 years, we have provided age-specific education to youth and young adults on Long Island to help reduce the incidence of dating and family violence.
Our engaging and interactive workshops help young people recognize the warning signs of dating violence, domestic violence and bullying. We seek to break the cycle of violence by enabling early intervention. The elementary school program focuses on anti-bullying/anti-violent behavior and in-classroom peaceful resolution, while our high school presentations examine gender roles and healthy dating relationships. Presenters use printed materials, audio and visual media, as well as audience participation and real-life scenarios.
Our program goals include:
- To help young people recognize the difference between caring, supportive relationships and controlling, manipulative or abusive relationships.
- To provide resources to young people who may be involved in bullying or dating violence or may experience family violence in their home life. We assist participants to identify a safe person in their lives with whom they could turn to if they ever need help.
- 5,453 individuals attended our Youth Education presentations in 2014.
- Workshops are offered through area school districts – from kindergarten through high school.
- Education and assistance is offered to local community colleges and universities to promote healthy dating relationships on campus.
- We also engage youth through youth bureau and scouting organizations.
- Educators are available to provide information at school and campus health fairs.
- Presentations are offered in English and Spanish.
We reach out to many professional and community groups to promote the message that domestic/dating violence is a serious crime and a major public health problem – one that requires a coordinated community response.
Our educators also provide in-service training in various settings – including healthcare, law enforcement and civic groups – on prevention and intervention strategies to combat domestic violence. We also train teachers and school administrators to recognize the early warning signs that children may be affected by domestic violence.