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Briefing - Prevent Teen Dating Violence

Please join Futures Without Violence, YWCA USA, American School Counselor Association, Men Can Stop Rape, and Jewish Women International and Honorary Co-Hosts Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Congressman David Reichert (R-WA), and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI) at:

Capitol Hill Breakfast Briefing

Prevent Teen Dating Violence:
Stop Violence Against Women Before It Begins

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M.
B369 Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill

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Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, is pleased to host the 4th Annual Capitol Hill briefing to raise awareness of the issue of teen dating violence. This panel of speakers will discuss promising initiatives that communities, schools, and parents can use to address this issue and the federal policy implications of the work from the field.

•  Joe Torre, Major League Baseball and Founder/Chairman of the Joe Torre Safe At Home® Foundation (confirmed)
•  Gabrielle Union, Actress, Advocate, and Rape Survivor (confirmed)
•  Elizabeth Miller, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, who has recently completed a three year randomized control trial and evaluation of “Coaching Boys into Men” funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. With this family violence prevention program, coaches from the schools are trained by advocates so that they can teach young athletes about healthy and respectful relationships.
•  Gloria Terry, President, Texas Council on Family Violence, who has partnered with Dallas Cowboys Football Star Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation and local public schools to implement “Coaching Boys into Men” across Texas.
•  Erin O'Malley, M.S., Dean of Faculty and Counseling, Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, VA, who successfully integrated teen dating violence curriculum within a local public school in Northern Virginia and speaks about the role of school counselors and school personnel in preventing teen dating violence.
•  Yesenia Romo, Director of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Sexual Violence and Support Services, who offers violence prevention programming, both in schools and community workshops around Chicago and the surrounding area.
•  Debbie Lee, Vice President, Futures Without Violence, who manages “Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships,” an $18 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

In the first 10 years after the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the rate of domestic violence dropped more than 50 percent. Despite this progress, young women still face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. We also know that it is often at a young age when the cycle of lifetime abuse begins. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in five women and one in seven men who ever experienced violence by an intimate partner first experienced it as a teenager between the ages of 11 and 19. In addition, recent studies have found that teen dating violence and bullying, and other behavior problems, frequently co-occur in teens.

The positive news is that models and evidence-based programs to prevent teen dating violence exist. An evaluation of Safe Dates, being used in middle and high school curriculum to stop or prevent psychological, physical, and sexual abuse, showed 56% to 92% less dating violence among students who received the program compared to students who did not. A recent National Institute of Justice study has found that school-level interventions reduced dating violence as much as 50 percent in 30 New York City public schools. The success of school-level interventions is particularly important because they can be implemented with very few extra costs to schools.

Since 2004, Congress has recognized teen dating violence during the month of February. From that time, more than 20 states have passed teen dating violence laws. On the national level, Congress has introduced several bills on the issue and included a new focus on preventing teen dating violence in the Senate reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. In addition, Vice President Biden has prioritized awareness efforts on teens and young adults ages 16-24 as a way to stop physical and sexual violence before it begins.

RSVP by Thursday, 2/23/2012 to sschaeffer@futureswithoutviolence.org or 202.595.7384.