Respect WORKS!: a comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model



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!

David Lee

David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project Prevention Connection, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 29 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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  • Leslie Simon January 10, 2011, 11:14 AM

    Dear David,

    Thank you for the work you’ve been doing for many years. Below is info re a program that is now in all of the SFUSD high schools. We are currently working with SF Women against Rape to find funding for what you are calling “activate youth leadership.” If you have any suggestions, Janelle White and I would welcome them. If you go to the website listed above, you will find many of the Expect Respect SF materials. Though the webpages on ERSF are not complete and do need some updating, you’ll get a general idea of our work. Best, Leslie
    Expect Respect SF
    Expect Respect SF (ERSF) is a City College of San Francisco (CCSF) program and a community collaborative of San Francisco domestic and sexual violence prevention programs–including Project SURVIVE at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco Women Against Rape-, La Casa de las Madres, The Riley Center, W.O.M.AN., Inc., Health Initiatives for Youth (HIFY), Shalom-Bayit, Community Youth Center, The SFLGBT Center, Asian Pacific Islanders Legal Outreach, and Females Against Violence–working to promote healthy and violence-free dating through youth-centered, culturally-sensitive education.
    Our goal is to introduce healthy relationship workshops to all San Francisco public high school students. Currently, we present our workshops in all 16 SFUSD high schools.
    ERSF college-aged and CCSF trained peer educators deliver two presentations on healthy relationships, oppression and power, and youth dating violence to all of the freshmen health classes at each participating high school. One of the collaborating community based organizations makes a third follow-up presentation that concentrates more directly on various topics, such as sexual harassment, homophobia/transphobia, and intimate partner violence safety plans.
    CCSF has also started to train high school peer educators to team up with college peer educators in delivering a coherent, consistent, comprehensive message through regular workshops in their own schools.

    Our work is linked to social movements that acknowledge and resist systematic political, economic, and social oppression. Health education that seeks to prevent and repair physical, sexual, and psychological injury in teen dating relationships, as well as older adult relationships, must address the links among various forms of oppression, such as racism, classism, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism, transphobia, ageism, ableism, and anti-Semitism as well as anti-Arabism. We also believe that prevention education among youth is the best way to decrease interpersonal violence in the future older adult population.
    Contact: Leslie Simon; 415-239-3899; CCSF, 50 Phelan Ave SF 94112
    Expect Respect SF receives funding from The David B. Gold Foundation.