In this podcast, Prevent Connect‘s David Lee interviews Marjorie Gilberg from Break the Cycle and Sue Thomas from Hazelden Foundation. They discuss “Respect WORKS!,” the new four-part comprehensive model for teen dating violence prevention.
When I look at the current crop of highly regarded prevention initiatives, one theme sticks out: they are comprehensive models that include multiple actions to reach the same goal. For example, Start Strong includes youth education, engaging teen influencers, communication strategies and policy work. Men Can Stop Rape‘s work included MOST Clubs, their media messages such as “My strength is not for hurting,” and community action. Green Dot emphasizes persuavie speechs, bystander training and media elements.
Now, there is another example from Hazelden and Break the Cycle. Respect WORKS! has 4 elements:

  • Teen vating Violence policies with Model School Policy Toolkit
  • Educate youth with the curriculum Safe Dates
  • Reinforce the learning with the DVD [Ending Violence]
  • Activate youth leadership with Speak. Act. Change.

Respect WORKS!