Healthy Relationships (Teen Dating Violence/Prevention)

Waterford Date Club’s Clothesline Project

What is the Healthy Relationships Program?
This program is offered to students from grade 7 through 12.  At the Middle School level, this program introduces students to appropriate behaviors in a dating relationship and the importance of learning to set boundaries.  Depending upon a school’s needs and resources, the more extensive Healthy Relationships program may be offered.

Why do we teach Healthy Relationships?
In our area of Connecticut, 12% of high school students have experienced physical violence in a dating relationship.  One in four report verbal, physical, emotional or sexual abuse.  By the time a young woman leaves college she will have a 25% chance of being a victim of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault.  It is imperative that we arm our students with the tools necessary to prevent these acts and that we intervene early to establish a healthy paradigm for dating.

What do we teach?
The program helps students answer the following questions:  What is a healthy relationship?  What are the signs of an unhealthy relationship?  What are the gifts I bring to a relationship?  How do I set boundaries in a relationship?  How do I stay safe in a relationship?  How do I help a friend that may be in an unhealthy relationship?