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Youth Programs

Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12-18, and the severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established during adolescence.

We provide age-appropriate tools to educate our youth clients about domestic violence and the effects of abuse. Support groups, individual counseling, assistance with medical costs, clothing needs and other personal needs are made available for youth clients.

For younger children, this may include age-appropriate safety planning, or education about appropriate ways to speak and act through a curriculum of art or play therapy. Additionally, fun activities are organized to continue and/or begin stability and structure in their lives.

15.5 million children witnessed domestic violence at least once in the past year

For older children and teen clients, topics may include:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Self-Respect and Self-Worth
  • The Effects of Social Circles on Behavior
  • Boundaries
  • Safety Planning When Leaving an Abusive Relationship
  • Identifying Healthy Role Models

If you would like more information about how we may be able to help your child, or if your school, youth group or civic organization would be interested in an interactive and educational presentation about dating violence, please contact erica@safehomesdv.org.

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