Violence Prevention Education

Peaceful Paths’ Violence Prevention program committed to promoting healthy relationships. The Violence Prevention Program aims to promote awareness, build skills and disseminate tools which identify and address ways to create just, equitable and safe communities. We address all forms of oppression that contribute to and support intimate partner violence and work to create healthy relationships in all aspects of our lives.

Our approach is a primary prevention approach, meaning working to stop intimate partner violence before it begins. We work toward our goals through multi-session youth presentations, professional trainings and community education. In doing so, we hope to create comprehensive programs that provide youth the skills to engage in healthy relationships and adults the tools to support and promote healthy relationship choices.

Our multi-session youth curriculum adheres to the Sunshine State Standards and incorporates research-based reading strategies. Our program has been developed by former teachers with current teachers. We understand teachers’ needs and want to work with you to incorporate information on healthy relationships into your curriculum as easily as possible.

Peaceful Paths Youth Violence Curriculum

Our research-based, age-appropriate curriculum covers the following content areas:

  • Defining healthy/unhealthy relationships
  • Assertive communication
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Power and oppression
  • Media literacy
  • Peer support
  • Sexual harassment

Current Projects

  • Offer youth programming at schools and other youth-serving programs
  • Facilitate professional training
  • Offer community education and awareness programs
  • Offer technical assistance for prevention planning throughout the community
  • Develop social marketing and awareness campaign materials

Teen Dating Violence Statistics

  • 1 in 3 teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their partner.
  • 1 in 4 teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse
  • More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship (26%) report enduring repeated verbal abuse
  • 80% of teens regard verbal abuse as a ‘serious issue’ for their age group
  • If trapped in an abusive relationship, 73% said they would turn to a friend for help; but only 33% who have been in or known about an abusive relationship said they have told anyone about it.

For more information about youth prevention program, professional trainings or community education programs, please contact Jessica Williams, Director of Child & Youth Programs at 352.377.5690 x506. We work with each partner site individually to develop appropriate training programs.