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Engaging with Youth

We believe that domestic violence prevention starts early. That’s why we’ve dedicated significant resources to engaging young people. We create programs that help schools address dating violence and social issues while developing peer groups to impact the cultural understanding of domestic violence. By eliminating harmful stigmas and changing cultural norms, we will see a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren.

Indiana ranks third highest out of 30 states in the percentage of high school students who reported sexual dating violence during the past 12 months.

Domestic Violence Teen Indiana Third

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance – United States, 2015 Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/ ss6506_updated.pdf

Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

1.5 million youth dating abuse

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Physical Dating Violence Among High School Students—United States, 2003,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, May 19, 2006, Vol. 55, No. 19.


To learn more about teen relationships review The Indiana Youth Institute’s latest Issue Brief.