Highly engaging and interactive, Safe Dates gets young people thinking about:
- how they want to be treated by a dating partner
- how they want to treat a girlfriend or boyfriend
- what abusive dating relationships look like
- why dating abuse happens and its causes and consequences
- how to tell if they are in an abusive relationship
- what to do about feelings of anger and jealousy
- how to help a friend who might be in an abusive relationship
Safe Dates, proven to be effective with both boys and girls, addresses perpetrators of violence as well as victims. It works as both a prevention and intervention tool, with case studies and activities that are relevant for teens who have not started dating as well as those who have been “going out” for a long time
The 9-session Safe Dates curriculum, which can be delivered in as few as 4 sessions, includes cost-saving reproducible student handouts. Highlights of the curriculum include a dating bingo game to help young people identify desirable traits in dating partners and a play on dating abuse that was written by high school students.
Other important features of Safe Dates include:
- a Scope and Sequence document and links to national academic standards (available as a free download)
- pre- and post-implementation evaluation tools
- parent materials to encourage caregivers to be involved in this issue
- a training outline for enlisting support from school staff or community youth organizations
A SAMHSA Model Program; listed on NREPP.