Towards Thriving – 2/11/2021

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February 11, 2021

This guidebook is a tool for parents to work with their teens as they enter middle school and high school and explore relationships outside of their family. Here’s an excerpt of the guide:

As your teen transitions to middle school or high school, they will undergo many emotional and physical changes. It is developmentally appropriate for young people during these periods to explore boundaries and identities — often through relationships with peers.

In this time of identity development, young people may feel pressured to conform to what their peers decide is acceptable. Identity development is difficult. They need validation of their concerns about being humiliated, bullied, threatened, or even hurt. They will also likely be exposed or pressured to experiment with risky behaviors, such as sexual activity, alcohol or drug use, or violence. Unhealthy or abusive peer or dating relationships can increase the likelihood of these behaviors.

Young people in abusive relationships are at risk for other health problems as well. There can be lifelong impacts for young people who have experienced teen dating violence and abuse. Young people who experience dating abuse are more likely than their peers to report binge drinking, suicide attempts, physical fighting, and current sexual activity. Rates of drug, alcohol, and tobacco use are more than twice as high in girls who report physical or sexual dating violence than in girls who report no abuse. Healthy relationships, whether romantic or otherwise, can be effective protection against risky behaviors. Healthy relationship skills such as negotiating, decision-making, and problem-solving can help young people navigate life when presented with difficult decisions. You are well positioned to model and guide young people in developing these skills both before and during times when they feel pressured to engage in unhealthy or risky behaviors.

To view the who guide, visit our website at All materials are free to domestic violence and sexual assault programs.


This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-TA-AX-K019 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendation expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.

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Virtual Advocacy Toolkit

The Idaho Prevention and Response to Domestic and Sexual Violence Toolkit is here!
Unprecedented times call for creative and new ways to engage with one another. This year, with the global pandemic still raging, combined with lack of safety measures at the Idaho Statehouse during the legislative session, we have opted to forego our annual advocacy day. Instead, we have enhanced our advocacy toolkit with new talking points and information on how to virtually engage with your legislators and any legislation you may be interested in.
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Teen Health Survey

Join the Teen Health Study Team!Help Develop Evidence-Based Resources for Youth to Stay Safe

Dating abuse is the most common type of youth violence. It can have
devastating and lifelong consequences. There’s a new relationship app
that could help teens. Help us test it!

What is the Teen Health Study?

two young people sitting with their back turned to us, one leaning their head on the other's shoulder• Johns Hopkins University and University of Missouri are conducting a research study to test an app for teens in toxic or abusive relationships.
• The app is a free, personalized, and private resource for teens — to promote healthy dating relationships and help teens in toxic relationships.
• The app was researched with over 1000 adults in abusive relationships and was effective to help them stay safer – we now want to learn if a version for teens is effective.
• We need 600 teens to help by participating in the study.

Who can participate?

• Teens age 15-17 who have been in a toxic dating or casual relationship in the last 6 months.
• Teens need to have access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer and a phone number or email that is safe for receiving info about an unhealthy relationship study.
• Teens will be paid for their time and participation.

Is it safe?

• Our team is very experienced in keeping research participation private and safe.
• Study participants will receive information before they enroll about confidentiality and participating as safely as possible.
• All teens in the study will receive health and safety resources.

Will your organization help us reach youth so we can
develop an evidence-based resource for dating abuse?

For youth age 15-17 interested in more info about participating:

If you’re 15-17 and have been in a toxic relationship…

  • Do 4 CONFIDENTIAL online surveys over the next year
  • Only 15-30 minutes per online session


text: 410-657-2337


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Training & Events

Health, Healing and Relationships: Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma, and HIV: March 10th, 9AM PST/10AM MT

This virtual training from The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence will address the critical intersections between HIV and gender based violence when trying enhance both violence and HIV prevention efforts, and to improve health outcomes for survivors. This training was designed for teams of HIV care providers and domestic and sexual violence advocates to learn the CUES intervention and get support implementing the approach in their communities.  

  • This virtual training will require a total of 7 hours, over the course of one month, including the 3-hour live event on March 10th, with optional office hours available for TA on implementation. Listening to the podcast series, Expanding the Continuum (NNEDV), is also optional and can be accessed at any point before or after the training. Deadline to register is February 15th.  

Webinar Recording: What Victim Service Providers Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout for Survivors

The Domestic Violence Housing and Technical Assistance Consortium (DVHTAC) held a webinar on 1/27 to provide the latest COVID-19 updates as well as answers to questions about the vaccination rollout for survivors who are receiving services at VSPs. Many resources, including the slides from the presentation and sample policies, were shared following the webinar. Please reach out to me at if you’d like for me to pass along these resources! Webinar link here.

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