Violence and Injury Prevention

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

School-based programmes and violence prevention

Fact 12: School-based programmes to prevent dating violence can prevent violence against women.

Safe Dates is a school and community initiative that targets 13-15 year-old girls and boys in the United States of America. The programme addresses gender norms and equality early in life, before stereotypes develop. It includes a 10-session educational curriculum, training for providers of support services, and a theatre production. An evaluation found that participants reported less psychological abuse and sexual and physical violence against their current dating partner one month after the programme ended and four years later.