Our Solutions to Violence programs provide empowerment-based services to strengthen and support survivors of intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking crimes. We also provide prevention and education services for groups, schools, and the community about child abuse prevention and teen assault awareness.
HEALTHY TEENS RELATIONSHIPS CAMPAIGN
of South Santa Clara County 2015
School-Based Prevention Services
In Touch With Teens: Healthy Relationships Prevention Curriculum
Last year, we provided the In Touch With Teens, an evidence-informed healthy relationships prevention curriculum, at Briton Middle School, Live Oak High School and Christopher High School to over 1,000 students. This year we will be providing the In Touch With Teens program at Christopher High School.
The In Touch With Teens healthy relationships prevention curriculum will be presented by Community Solutions. The program will one hour each week for the duration of 8-10 weeks. The program will have two staff facilitating conversations and interactive learning exercises around identifying unhealthy relationships, sexual harassment, and creating healthy relationships.
Community Solutions’ Solutions to Violence Division promotes awareness and understanding of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and child abuse. We have provided Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) and Teen Assault Awareness Program (TAAP) programming since 1983 in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties. For the past two years, Community Solutions has utilized the In Touch With Teens curriculum in local high schools. Evaluations of the programs have shown that students are able to apply the skills they learned in class to intervene with fellow classmates, increase in self-esteem, and develop a better understanding of healthy relationships.
As a result of the In Touch with Teens healthy relationships prevention curriculum teens will:
1. Help to define and identify healthy relationships;
2. Recognize the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship;
3. Learn problem-solving skills surrounding relationship (intimate or
4. Target roots of low self-esteem and develop measures toward
building stronger esteem; and
5. Recognize their responsibilities as bystanders and learn how to
advocate for violence-free relationships.
For more information, please contact:
Erica Elliott, Program Manager
Intimate Partner Abuse
Unfortunately, intimate partner abuse (also known as domestic violence) continues to be a serious problem for countless women around the world. One in three women will be abused by their partner at some point in their life. Every nine seconds a woman is being abused by her partner. In the United States, more than five million women are abused by an intimate partner each year. Intimate Partner Abuse is the number one cause of injury to women in the United States. It is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects millions of Americans.
Intimate partner abuse is a reoccurring pattern of controlling, coercive, abusive and/or violent behavior in a romantic relationship. Abusers use different tactics to first exert and then maintain control over their partner. These tactics include physical, emotional, psychological and financial abuse, as well as isolation and threats. This type of abuse occurs among heterosexual and same-sex couples and does not require sexual intimacy. Intimate partner abuse can happen at any age.
As a community, we are all responsible for ending this horrific crime. One of the most important things you can do to help stop intimate partner abuse is to call the police if you witness a physical assault. Also, we must ensure that we hold perpetrators accountable for their actions. The question should never be why a victim stays; the question should always be why a perpetrator abuses.
Begin having conversations with your children about healthy relationships and modeling healthy relationships for them. If you have a friend or loved one you suspect is being abused, talk to your friend and be nonjudgmental when discussing the abuse. Don’t be critical of your friend or his/her partner. Make sure you listen to your friend and believe him/her. Let your friend know that abuse and violence under any circumstance are unacceptable. Express your understanding, care, concern, and support. Lastly, focus on their strengths.
If you believe someone’s life is in danger, call 911 immediately. If you or someone you know is being abused, please contact Community Solutions’ Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence 24-hour confidential hotline at 1.877.END.SADV (1.877.363.7238) (South County & San Benito County) or the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).