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New Youth Network Aims to End Domestic Violence

New Youth Network Aims to End Domestic Violence

Teens from area high schools join forces to educate peers, end domestic violence

Twelve students from several central Indiana high schools have decided to come together and take a stand against domestic violence. With help from the Domestic Violence Network, they’ve formed a new group, called The Youth Network, to stop the stigma and misperceptions of domestic violence and end it altogether.

The teens from Brebeuf Jesuit, Carmel, Crispus Attucks, Fishers, Park Tudor, Perry Meridian and Warren Central high schools have personal aspirations to:

“Be a voice for those unable to speak for themselves”

“Create a safe environment for teens.”

“Take our knowledge to our schools and other organizations.”

“Work with, not under adults.”

Here’s the overall goal they set:

To empower youth to find their voice, educate youth and our community about dating abuse and sexual assault, and inspire other youth from around Central Indiana to start creating a culture of change where perpetrators of abuse are held accountable and victims of abuse feel safe and supported in their communities.

At monthly meetings, the students will learn about community resources to take back to their schools and peers and create awareness activities in their schools and communities.

Our best chance

“Much of the work we do with law enforcement, medical and mental health professionals, advocates and at shelters is in response to crimes that have already been committed,” says Kelly McBride, executive director, Domestic Violence Network. “These teenagers are going to change attitudes, equip their peers with tools to address violence and stop it in its tracks.”

Teens interested in joining The Youth Network, can email the DVN’s youth program coordinator, Lindsay Hill.       

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Lindsay is the Youth Program Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Network.lindsay