The ultimate goal is to stop intimate partner violence before it starts. Strategies that promote healthy relationships are vital. During the preteen and teen years, young people are learning skills they need to form positive relationships with others. This is an ideal time to promote healthy relationships and prevent patterns of dating violence that can last into adulthood. Prevention programs change the attitudes and behaviors linked with dating violence.
Beat the Punch: As the prevention campaign under the Women’s Shelter Program, Beat the Punch is contextualized to give college students the tools to prevent intimate partner violence before it starts. Look for the booth at Farmer’s Market in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please visit our Beat the Punch website atwww.violencefreecommunity.com.