The study evaluated “Ending Violence,” a three-class-session prevention program.
Developed by a Los Angeles-based nonprofit group called Break the Cycle, the program focuses on the law, highlighting legal rights of victims of domestic violence and legal responsibilities of perpetrators. This program has three distinctive features: it is brief (three class sessions), it is compatible with existing health curricula, and it focuses on the legal dimension of dating violence. The program also informs students about its legal services program, in which attorneys are available to teens at no cost to help them with dating violence issues.
Latinos may suffer disproportionate harms from dating violence because they may be less likely to report the problem or to seek help.
A study led by RAND Corporation psychologist Lisa Jaycox assessed the effectiveness of a school-based program tailored to Latino students in inner-city public high schools.
The study found that the intervention created a long-term improvement in students’ knowledge of dating violence, reduced tolerance for aggressive or violent behavior, and improved teens’ perceptions about getting help if they experienced dating violence.
Each student was asked to rate how helpful a particular source would be in addressing dating violence, and then was asked how likely he or she would be to talk to such a source for help.Classes were assigned randomly to receive the “Ending Violence” curriculum or the standard health curriculum.A total of 2,540 students from ten schools and 110 classes participated.When giving help, teens would also benefit from a better understanding of how to aid others in an abusive relationship.The surveys and focus groups showed that teens are less likely to intervene in dating violence situations if they know the perpetrator.