But we're seeing change every day!
But we're seeing change every day!
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Our Prevention Education program is expanding!
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM), which has special significance here at Raphael House. We know that 1 in 3 teens experience relationship abuse, and that preventing this is one of the best ways to create lasting change. That’s why for more than 13 years our Prevention Education program has taught teens in local classrooms about safe, equitable relationships and practicing consent. Last year alone we reached 3,755 youth.
In honor of TDVAM, we’re thrilled to announce that our services are expanding even further!
1 in 3 teens will experience some form of abuse
Our first-of-its-kind, school-based confidential advocacy programming has been so successful that it will now be offered at three new high schools in the fall.
This innovative pilot program – launched in 2018 in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Volunteers of America Oregon Home Free – brought confidential advocacy to students at Franklin and Cleveland High Schools. Thanks to a multi-year grant from the Office on Violence Against Women, our advocates will also be stationed on-site at Benson, Madison, and Roosevelt High Schools.
Why is confidential advocacy important for youth?
Sometimes, students have concerns about sharing with even a trusted teacher or guidance counselor because staff at their school are mandatory reporters. Having the option to connect with a confidential advocate can open doors to resources, support, safety planning, and guidance that teens need (and deserve) in response to critical relationship questions or in the wake of dating and sexual violence.
We're honored to be working closely with students, staff, and administrators to create school-wide cultures that promote equitable and healthy relationships! THIS is how we build a future without domestic violence – one that's safe and just for everyone.
102 students received confidential advocacy last school year / 4-6 hours spent on average in workshops with each student / 3,755 youth participated in workshops last school year
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Seeing a shift in culture
Watch this quick 45-second video to hear from our Prevention Education Specialist Sammy about uplifting moments in the classroom.
Sammy's Root Moment
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