2011 NCS Receives Grant to Address Teen Dating Violence


Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) has received a Choose Respect Teen Dating Violence Prevention grant from the Virginia Department of Health to implement activities from Choose Respect Playbook, developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These activities, to be implemented in NCS’s teen and community centers, educate teens on the realities of teen dating violence and teach skills that help teens engage in healthy relationships.

The project will include training teens to become Choose Respect Leaders so that they can serve as resources, educators, and role models to their peers. Activities are planned to begin the week of March 21 and run through the end of May, although center staff anticipate continuing with Choose Respect messaging and activities even after the conclusion of the grant period.

According to the 2009 Fairfax County Youth Survey, 23 percent of eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students reported emotional abuse by a dating partner; 5 percent reported physical abuse. More information on the Youth Survey, including a fact sheet on teen dating abuse in Fairfax County, can be found here

For more information on the Choose Respect grant, please contact Jesse Ellis, NCS Prevention Programming and Resource Development Manager, at 703-324-5626 or jesse.ellis@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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