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Educating about Dating Abuse
Building relationships based on respect and equality

Teen dating abuse is a HUGE issue. It is a problem that touches the lives of young people from all walks of life.Dating abuse is a pattern of violent behavior-physical, emotional, or sexual-by one partner in a dating relationship toward the other partner.

Dating abuse may be:
Physical: Pinching, shoving, slapping, grabbing, etc.
Intimidation: blocking doors, throwing objects, use of weapons, etc.
Sexual: unwanted touching, forced sexual activities, pressure to have sex, etc.
Emotional/verbal: put-downs, insults, and rumors, threats, possessiveness, overdependence,huge mood swings,humiliation, accusations,withdrawal of attention,isolation from friends or activities, etc.

Statistics
1 in 3 teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked, or otherwise physically hurt by his or her partner.
About one in five high school girls has been physically or sexually abused by a dating partner.

Impact of Dating Abuse
Dating abuse can have serious consequences. The effects range from missing a few classes to attempting suicide. Abuse also affects future relationships.

Our project
Our project was developed with young women (16-19) who have experienced dating abuse. We designed a piece of theatre inspired by their stories.

Our aim is to educate about dating abuse and to make an impact on the safety of young people experiencing dating abuse. We want the young people involved:

To have the skills to build relationships based on respect and equality.
To be aware of/have access to services they need if they are exposed to dating abuse
To be involved in a professional/ high artistic standard piece of theatre

Our aim is met via theatre in education work into local schools, work with girls experiencing teen dating abuse, partnerships with local voluntary organizations and public performances to stimulate interest & debate in the community. The play is followed by an educational programme consisting of drama workshops (hot seating, role plays, and other shared activities), and professionally facilitated discussions around Dating Abuse.