Breaking the Cycle

On June 14, 2011, Safe Harbor will host a one-day training entitled “Breaking the Cycle: Recognizing and Responding to the Signs of Teen Dating Violence.”  This training is geared for middle school and high school teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, youth pastors/leaders, coaches, and other adults who work with teens.  Participants will learn about the dynamics and warning signs of teen dating abuse and how to effectively assist students who are dealing with violence in their relationships (safety planning, cultural competency, etc).

Professional trainers from BreakTheCycle.Org, a national nonprofit organization addressing the issue of teen dating violence, will lead this training. 

Studies show that 1 in 3 teens will experience violence in a relationship, yet two-thirds of them will never report it to anyone. (breakthecycle.org).  Females between the ages of 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group (US Dept. of Justice), and teen dating violence runs across race, gender, and socio-economic lines (National Center for Victims of Crime). 

Safe Harbor hopes this training will help adults who work with teens to understand the facts and dynamics of dating abuse and how to effectively respond to a teen facing violence in a dating relationship with appropriate resources and referrals.

The training will take place in the Multipurpose Room at Trinity Lutheran Church at 421 N. Main St. in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 14 from 8:30am-3:30pm (registration/sign-in/coffee from 8:00-8:30am).  Teachers/educators in Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties can receive 5 CEU/professional training hours during this event.  Register online at http://safeharborsc.org/breaking-the-cycle.