Our Education and Outreach Programs are a resource for schools, colleges, community centers and workplaces that want to educate their students and/or staff about domestic and dating violence. Workshop participants learn to identify “red flag” behaviors that can lead to control, abuse and violence in their intimate relationships. Workshops also provide information on getting help if attendees or someone they know may be at risk of harm in their relationship.
Healthy Teen Relationships
Since 1995, Casa Myrna’s teen dating violence prevention work has been the cornerstone of our education and prevention efforts in the community.
Workshops and discussions at schools and youth centers in the greater Boston area help adolescent boys and girls:
- recognize patterns of behavior and warning signs in relationships which can lead to control, violence and abuse
- learn about other high-risk behaviors which may accompany dating violence
- identify all different forms of abuse: physical, verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, and cultural
- understand the different characteristics of healthy versus unhealthy relationships
- learn about resources available in the community for victims of domestic violence
- increase their awareness of the impact of domestic violence on families and communities, and actively engage them in the cause of ending domestic violence by keeping it out of their own relationships
Workshops foster dialogue about relationships, gender stereotypes, attitudes toward sex, the influence of the media, and the role cultural and ethnic backgrounds play in how young people approach intimate relationships. The program is designed to teach teens how to build healthy, respectful intimate relationships, and empower them to speak up if a friend or family member is in an abusive relationship.
In 2010, Casa Myrna was invited by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to collaborate in a research and evaluation study on current teen dating violence prevention programs in the state, a study funded by Robert Wood Johnson/Family Violence Prevention Fund.
Domestic Violence Education for Adults
Similar to our community-based work with youth in the Greater Boston area, Casa Myrna also offers workshops and presentations designed to challenge myths and stereotypes about domestic violence, and provide participants with resources that can help them address the domestic violence in their own life or the life of someone they know.
Workshops are tailored specifically for your business or organization and have been provided for…
- student groups and staff on college campuses
- community centers
- healthcare organizations
- professional and social service organizations
- faith-based organizations
To schedule a presentation and/or workshop, contact firstname.lastname@example.org