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Youth exposed to domestic violence are at increased risk to be both a victim and perpetrator of dating violence. Yet we currently have no violence intervention protocols for this vulnerable group.To help fill the gap, NIJ funded an effort to adapt the successes of an existing evidence-based program, Families for Safe Dates, so it would be applicable to teens who are exposed to domestic violence.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines teen dating violence as any physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional violence experienced within a dating relationship between a current or former dating partner, whether in person or electronically.
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The study found no significant differences in revictimization rates for girls who completed the social learning/feminist curriculum compared with those who completed the risk detection/executive functioning curriculum.
In addition, compared with girls who did not participate in a curriculum, the odds of not being revictimized (sexually or physically) were two to five times greater for girls who received the risk detection/executive functioning or social learning curriculum. Shifting Boundaries: Final Report on an Experimental Evaluation of a Youth Dating Violence Prevention Program in New York City Middle Schools (pdf, 322 pages).
The study suggests that high-risk girls can successfully participate in and benefit from relational programming. Final report submitted to the National Institute of Justice, grant number 2008-MU-MU-0010, October 2011, NCJ 236175. Michael Bowling, "Assessing the Effects of Families for Safe Dates, a Family-Based Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Program," 14 (December 1999): 1249-1262.
Read an abstract and access the final report  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Ehrensaft, Miriam K., Patricia Cohen, Jocelyn Brown, Elizabeth Smailes, Henian Chen, and Jeffrey G. "Intergenerational Transmission of Partner Violence: A 20-Year Prospective Study," 71 (August 2003): 741-753.
These findings are important in several ways: The success of the school-level intervention is particularly important because it can be implemented with very few extra costs to schools.