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Preventing teen dating violence and intimate partner violence in the future

Preventing teen dating violence and intimate partner violence in the future

The best way to stop teen dating violence? Prevent it from starting in the first place. 

The bright light is that the research says that intimate partner violence can be prevented, and that intervention during adolescence is a critical preventative step. They see adolescence as a “critical developmental period for the prevention of partner violence in adulthood.” 

The Erin Levitas Foundation’s work in preventing sexual assault, teen dating violence, and intimate partner violence

Prevention is where the Erin Levitas Foundation comes in, alongside other organizations moving forward to prevent sexual assault, sexual violence, and teen dating violence. 

The CDC notes that “a comprehensive approach that simultaneously targets multiple risk and protective factors is critical to having a broad and sustained impact on intimate partner violence. Even though more research is needed, we cannot let the need for further research impede efforts to effectively prevent intimate partner violence within our communities.”

We’re proud that our work stands on the research behind the CDC’s suggested strategies and approaches to prevent intimate partner violence.


Resources for teens experiencing dating and intimate partner violence

Hotlines teens can call to speak with with trained listeners and advocates: 

House of Ruth Maryland 24-Hour Hotline: 410-889-7884

National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

LGBT National Help Center National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564 or National Youth Talkline 1-800-246-7743

Live chats with trained responders : 







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