Safe Dates

Safe Dates is a one-of-a-kind teen program that targets attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and domestic violence. It was designed to stop or prevent the initiation of emotional, physical and sexual abuse on dates or between individuals in a dating relationship. The goals of the program include:

(1) changing adolescent dating violence and gender role norms,
(2) improving peer help-giving and dating conflict-resolution skills,
(3) promoting victim and perpetrator beliefs in the need for help and seeking help through the community resources that are available,
(4) decreasing dating abuse victimization and perpetration

CYEP partners with the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services through the Partners in Prevention Fund (PIPF). Together, we work with Fairfax County youth, communities and families to further promote the message of healthy relationships.

Class Format: Safe Dates is a 10 session adolescent dating abuse prevention program that uses an evidence-based curriculum. Our group meets 1-2 times per week over the course of 3-5 weeks. The program format can be adapted to the needs of the group.

Curriculum: Safe Dates is an evidence-based program with strong, long-term outcomes. It is the only program in the United States that focuses solely on dating abuse. The formative research took place in 14 public schools in North Carolina using a rigorous experimental design. Researchers, then, studied the same group of students four years after implementation and found that students who participated in the Safe Dates program reported 56% to 92% less physical, serious physical and sexual dating violence victimization and perpetration than teens who did not participate in Safe Dates.

Group Registration: To register for this teen group, please email D’Juan Thomas (Safe Dates Program Director) at for more information.

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