The curriculum and supporting materials can inform them about available services and encourage them to approach teachers, peers, or community agencies for help.School administrators, reluctant to get involved in relationship issues, may resist using the curriculum and other services within the school.Program proponents should emphasize the curriculum's value in combating violence among students.

Key Partnerships Usually operated through a partnership with a group that assists victims of domestic violence or an agency that serves youth, the school-based programs rely on trained youth who counsel peers, operate hotlines, and deliver curriculum lessons in the classroom.

Together with community-based agencies, the schools publicize services available to victims and batterers.

Potential Obstacles Because of fear or embarrassment, many students are reluctant to seek help through counseling and hotline services.

Many victims of domestic violence, too, are young women.

Experts believe that violence between dating teens is severely underreported.

This strategy trains youth to prevent dating violence.Key Components This strategy involves starting programs that help teens of both sexes prevent dating violence; address relationship issues through school-based support groups for victims; provide intervention and counseling groups for offenders; train school and health care personnel so that they recognize signs of dating violence; and develop a curriculum that teaches teens how to recognize the signs of abusive behavior, get help, or help a friend in need.Strategy Educating teens about abusive relationships helps prevent teen dating violence.Community Problem Addressed In dating situations, youth test their concepts of masculinity, femininity, respect, mutuality, and communication.Dating relationships reinforce unhealthy gender stereotypes unless they are based on clear communication, trust, and nonviolent ways of settling conflict.In the 1999 study Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey, more than half of all rape victims were under 18 at the time of the first rape.