According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), IPV is a serious, preventable public health problem. Data from the 2010-2012 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) indicate that nearly one in four adult women (23 percent) and approximately one in nine men (11 percent) in the U. report having experienced severe physical violence (e.g., being kicked, beaten, choked, or burned on purpose; having a weapon used against them; etc.) from an intimate partner in their lifetime. report having been stalked by an intimate partner, and nearly half of all women (47 percent) and men (47 percent) have experienced psychological aggression, such as humiliating or controlling behaviors.
We teach the gamut from basic conflict resolution all the way to consent, recognizing that changing bodies and awareness leads middle schoolers to consideration and sometimes even exploration of sexual feelings and relationships.
In our classroom and community presentations, we will work side by side with students (K-12) and professionals to respectfully and sensitively explore cultural and historical struggles that face our communities every day.
This approach allows individuals to develop critical thinking skills in how they view relationships within societal norms and learn tools to create healthy relationships.
At SPAN, we incorporate a social justice framework into our age-appropriate curriculum for school-based programs and community trainings.
We believe that in order to end violence against any individual, youth and child, we must understand and challenge the varying forms of oppression people experience, which can be intricately woven into domestic violence.
Programs that teach young people skills for dating can prevent violence.