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One in three teens has experienced violence in a dating relationship, and 60 percent of battered women say their first abusive relationship began in high school.

Dating violence is controlling, abusive, and aggressive behavior in a romantic relationship. It can include verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse, or a combination of these.

The Fresh Start Dating Violence Program was developed in 1991 in response to a need for prevention programs in the community. The program, in collaboration with schools, community organizations, churches and youth groups, works to reduce domestic violence by reaching young people through educational programs on the dynamics of dating violence and healthy relationships. This program is offered free to schools, community and youth groups.

During FY2014, CCSS staff members made presentations to 4,159 youth, young adults, and parents.

If you are interested in having a dating violence presentation at your school, in your community or for your youth group, contact the Crisis Center Prevention Specialist at 708/429-7255, ext. 132.

The Dating Bill of Rights

  1. You have the right to a healthy dating relationship.
  2. You have the right to be treated with respect.
  3. You have the right to say “NO” and not feel guilty.
  4. You have the right to make mistakes.
  5. You have the right to have your OWN feelings, opinions and convictions.
  6. You have the right to change your mind or to decide on a different course of action.
  7. You have the right to ask for what you want.
  8. You have the right to feel good about yourself and your decisions.



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