Youth Abuse Prevention

Let's end the cycle of abuse.

Teaching our youth about healthy relationships prevents violence.

One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, verbal, and/or emotional abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. AVDA believes early prevention and intervention are the keys to ending domestic abuse.

The State of Texas’s Teen Dating Violence Policy (TX Education Code 37.0831) mandates that each school district in Texas adopt and implement a dating violence policy. AVDA can help with compliance by training teachers and administrators and providing awareness education for students and parents.

Our abuse prevention programs for youth take two different tracks: presentations by AVDA staff to student audiences and training coaches to mentor their athletes. Please contact John Reyes at or 713-715-6923 for more information.

Prevention Programs for Athletes

Because student athletes are leaders in their middle and high schools, we train coaches to mentor their athletes with a focus on violence prevention and building healthy relationships.

Athletes As Leaders™

Athletes As Leaders is a program to train high school coaches of girls’ sports teams to empower female-identified youth to take an active role in promoting healthy relationships and ending sexual violence. Athletes are encouraged to be leaders in changing school social norms to a culture of safety and respect. The program is suggested to be used in conjunction with CBIM. The topics over the 10-week program are:

  • Introductions and group agreements
  • Challenging gender stereotypes
  • Privilege and oppression
  • Self image and standards of beauty
  • Rumor spreading
  • Relationships
  • Consent
  • Messages about manhood
  • Girl positivity
  • Celebrate our successes

Athletes As Leaders was created by Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Seattle, Washington.

Prevention Programs for Boys


LiveRespect may be offered as a 90-minute presentation or as an eight-week program for middle and high school boys that teaches healthy and respectful manhood, originally developed by A Call to Men. Topics covered include the following:

  • The Man Box
  • Society’s gender rules
  • Man Box teachings
  • The Media Connection
  • Understanding objectification
  • Understanding sexual harassment
  • Understanding sexual assault
  • Interrupt the cycle
  • Healthy manhood, healthy relationships

Prevention Programs for All Students

We also provide educational abuse prevention programs for high schools and organizations serving at-risk youth with curricula presented by our staff and can tailor presentations for duration and content. These programs may be modified for middle schools as well.

Teen Dating Abuse Presentation
AVDA’s Teen Dating Abuse Presentation addresses teenage dating abuse. This one-hour program educates students on healthy relationships as well as the signs, types, and consequences of abuse.

Safe Dates Prevention Program
The nationally acclaimed Safe Dates program is designed to stop or prevent the initiation of dating violence victimization and perpetration, including the psychological, physical, and sexual abuse that may occur between youths involved in a dating relationship. It may be offered as a 90-minute presentation or as an eight-session program (one meeting per week over a two-month period). Safe Dates teaches teens about healthy relationships, as well as the attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. The program typically takes place in schools and in detention facilities for at-risk youth.

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