If It Hurt It Ain’t Love: Dating Violence

Helping teens to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships and to curtail dating violence.

imgres-3Dating violence among teens is more widespread than we think. As many as one-third of all teens experience some form of abuse in their romantic dating relationships. According to a survey done by the Center for Disease Control, 23% of females and 14% of males who ever experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age. Another survey found that approximately 10% of high school students reported physical victimization and 10% reported sexual victimization from a dating partner in the 12 months before they were surveyed.

Unhealthy relationships can start early and last a lifetime.  The sad part is that many teens see some of these behaviors as “normal.”

If it Hurts….It Ain’t Love is a six-week program with the goals of:

  1. Increasing teens understanding of healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  2. Teaching healthier approaches to dating.
  3. Helping teens develop conflict resolution skills.
  4. Developing resource-seeking behavior in teens involved in unhealthy and/or abusive relationships.
  5. Giving teens the tools to provide peer-education and support to friends and/or family members who may be involved in an unhealthy relationship.

Each session build upon the previous one and helps teens to call abuse just what it is.


We can bring this program to your young people.

Contact us for more information.

drdebraspeaker@gmail.com, 240-392-5838