Expect Respect: A School-based Program for Preventing Teen Dating Violence and Promoting Safe and Healthy Relationships

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The Expect Respect Program is a comprehensive, school-based program designed to promote safe and healthy teen relationships. The program manual consists of a Program Overview, Support Group Curriculum and Facilitator Guide, Youth Leadership Curriculum and Facilitator Guide and School-wide Prevention Strategies Facilitator Guide and Resources. The manual can be ordered from SafePlace.

SafePlace developed Expect Respect for use in local schools. The materials are designed to support youth in changing social norms as well as increasing bystander interventions and individual skills for healthy relationships. They are also designed to assist school personnel in developing policies and training to address dating violence, sexual harassment and bullying.

The Expect Respect Program has been serving Austin schools since 1989 and continues to evolve to meet local needs. The program manual provides curricula that is developmentally and culturally relevant, inclusive of gay and straight relationships, and uses art, poetry, and theatre games to help young people explore relationship issues. In addition to the 24-session support group and 8-session leadership training curricula, the program manual includes the Austin Independent School District's policy concerning dating violence, sexual harassment and bullying and guidance on implementing school-wide prevention strategies including universal education, staff training and parent engagement.

Expect Respect provides a model and tools for partnering with local schools and youth organizations to promote safe and healthy relationships and prevent dating and sexual violence among youth.

Impact: Expect Respect is currently conducting a controlled evaluation of support groups with assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previous evaluation efforts have demonstrated positive outcomes for youth and adult participants.

The complete program manual (books 1-4, plus CD) is copyrighted and may be purchased from SafePlace. The Program Overview is available online and may be distributed without restrictions. Contact expectrespect@SafePlace.org with questions related to purchase, distribution, or adaptation.

Training: SafePlace offers training by request in communities throughout the U.S. The program materials may be used without training, however, individuals who complete the training will be certified by SafePlace.

Capacity: Expect Respect has multiple components so organizations can choose which activities fit their current needs and capacity and expand over time.

Cost: The cost of the complete manual is $160 plus shipping. The full 1.5 day training is $2,000 plus travel expenses.

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