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Teen Dating Violence Awareness at Shepherd’s Door

According to the World health organization youth violence refers to violence that occurs among individuals aged 10–29 years who are unrelated and who may or may not know each other. It generally takes place outside of the home. It includes a range of acts from bullying, both offline and online, and physical fighting, to more severe sexual and physical assault, gang-related violence, or homicide. Youth violence results in deaths, injuries, disability, and long-term health consequences including mental health problems and increased health-risk behaviors, which can lead to chronic diseases. It is further associated with higher rates of school-dropouts, negative impacts on cognitive development and opportunities to contribute to their communities.

Recognizing the pressing need for awareness and intervention, Shepherd’s Door advocates for Teen Dating Violence Educational Workshops. In these workshops, we address the dynamics of healthy versus unhealthy relationships, empowering middle, and high school students in the Pasadena Unified School District. With over seven years of dedicated service, Shepherd’s Door strives to break the cycle of dating violence and promote the creation of dating safety plans, particularly tailored for young women.
In these workshops, we address the underlying beliefs that contribute to violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 16 million women and 11 million men who report experiencing intimate partner violence say it first happened before they were 18. These include instances of physical violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
Youth who are female, LGBTQ or unsure of their gender identity are all at a higher risk of experiencing youth intimate partner violence, also known as teen dating violence, the CDC says.
Healthy relationships programs in schools aim to prevent or reduce teen dating violence by increasing awareness. “The only way we will change these statistics is if we get ahead of the issue and teach people earlier how to identify – and what to do when they see – the signs of an unhealthy relationship in their or their friends’ lives,” says Megan Shackleton, chief program officer at One Love, a national nonprofit that seeks to end relationship abuse.
If you or someone you know is in danger, please call 911.

Shepherd’s Door Teen Dating Violence Educational Workshops:

Objective: Provide critical insights into recognizing and preventing teen dating violence.
Target Audience: Middle and high school students in the Pasadena Unified School District.
Duration: An average of 23 workshops during a school year, reaching approximately 700-1000 students.
Impact: Shepherd’s Door has been instrumental in shaping awareness, with feedback indicating the workshops’ effectiveness in educating and empowering youth.

Supported Schools:

⦁ Blair High School
⦁ Blair Middle School
⦁ John Muir High School Early College Magnet
⦁ Pasadena High School
⦁ Octavia Middle School
⦁ McKinley Middle School
⦁ Marshall Fundamental Middle School
⦁ Marshall Fundamental High School

We believe that raising awareness is paramount to breaking the cycle of domestic violence within families and reducing overall violence in our community. Join us in our mission to empower the next generation and foster healthy relationships. For more information, please contact Executive Director Linda Offray

Mc Kinley Middle School

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