The Issue: Violence in Relationships
One in four women and one in seven men have been the victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner, according to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The survey also shows that most rape and intimate partner violence—which can take physical, sexual, or psychological forms—occurs before age 24.
The Campaign: Funding Teen Relationship Workshop
If this Grassroots campaign raises $350, then National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence can fund a Green Zone Relationship workshop for 25 teens. Each additional $350 raised will fund participation in the workshop for 25 more teens. Donations up to $350 will be matched by an anonymous donor. The workshop aims help reduce violence in their daily relationships, particularly dating relationships. It promotes Green Zone behavior, which involves being respectful of others, giving compliments, maintaining a normal tone and volume of speech, and including others in groups.
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National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence
The National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence aims to reduce the prevalence of youth violence in communities across the country. It works with groups of youth, teaching them about what constitutes violent behavior and strategies for combating it. Since its inception, it has developed a bullying policy for the Virginia Department of Education, an anti-gang program that employs athlete-coach mentoring at Old Dominion University, and a gun-safety program for student in grades K–5. The center’s Green Zone program uses color-coded zones to indicate the level of appropriate and inappropriate behavior between teens in relationships. By helping teens identify when their actions stray into uncivil territory, it can demonstrate that the behavior needs to change or the relationship needs to end to avoid violence.