Youth Violence Prevention

Sexual Violence and Sexual Abuse Prevention Resources

The program was identified by the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth and the Oklahoma State Department of Health's evidence-informed curriculum appropriate for schools.

For more information, please contact Oklahoma Commission on Children


Resource Library

The office or prevention services has a resource library with about 150 items that you can check out and have mailed to you at any time! There are 66 DVDs, 19 curriculums, and 64 books available. Click the links below to see the list and print the form to check out materials.

Resource Library Check-Out Form

Resource Library List



Teen Dating Violence

Warning Signs of Dating Violence
  • Your dating partner is using threats or violence to solve a problem.
  • Frequent calling and texting to check where you are or who you are with or other jealous behavior.
  • Telling you who you can spend time with, what you can do, or what to wear.
  • Name calling, putting you down, embarrassing you, or making you feel bad about yourself.
  • Making threats towards you, your family, and your friends.
  • Making threats of suicide or self-harm.
  • Forcing you to do something you don't want to do.

Teen Dating Violence Prevention Research-Based Curriculum

Below is a list of evidence-based and promising programs to prevent dating violence.

Second Step (Grades K-5)Safe Dates (Grades 8-9)Expect Respect (Grades 6-12)Ending Violence Curriculum (Grades 9-12)
Committee for Children
2815 Second Avenue, Suite 400
Seattle, Washington 98121
(800) 634-4449
Hazelden Publishing
15251 Pleasant Valley Road
P.O. Box 11
Center City, MN 55012-0176
(800) 328-9000
Safe Place
P.O. Box 19454
Austin, Texas 78760
(512) 267-7233
Break the Cycle
Hazelden Publishing
15251 Pleasant Valley Road
P.O. Box 11
Center City, MN 55012-0176
(800) 328-9000

Teen Dating Violence Prevention Resources

There are many reliable websites with teen dating violence prevention information and resources. A list of helpful resources for parents, students, and staff have been provided in the websites below.

Break the Cycle
National Gang Center
Darkness to Light
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Dating Matters Training
Futures Without Violence
Love is Respect
Hate Crimes
Gang Violence Prevention
Hate Crimes Prevention Center
Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT)
Intimate Partner Violence
My Body, My Life Training
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention
Not in Our Town
Office of Civil Rights
Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services
Oklahoma City National Memorial
Oklahoma Coalition Against Dometic Violence & Sexual Assault
Oklahoma Gang Investigators Association
Prevent Connect
RAINN ( Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network)
REAL Men Training
Runaway Youth and Relationship Violence Toolkit
Sexual Violence
Teaching Tolerance
United States Department of Education's Publications
Veto Violence
Violence Against Women
afe Place - A Look at Title IX in K-12

Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Trainings

  • Dating Matters is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth leaders, and others working to improve the health of teens. It features interviews with leading experts, dynamic graphics, and interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to describe what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA) provides training on Domestic Violence, Stalking, Prevention, and Bystander Intervention. Training can be tailored to fit your needs.
  • The Rape Prevention Education Program (RPE) at the Oklahoma State Department of Health provides technical assistance and training in Teen Dating Violence Prevention. RPE will provide staff development training as well as assist schools in selecting the right prevention program, work with students, staff, and parents to implement the program, and coordinate with local service providers to connect victims of violence to resources.
  • "My Body... My Life..." is a women empowerment program developed by the Norman Police Department that uses simple verbal and physical cues and counters to avoid violence and empower the individual to remove themselves from the situation. The program is taught by Police Officers which addresses awareness empowerment, relationships, self-esteem and abuse, alcohol and drugs, internet and texting, as well as physical self-defense techniques in female students.

If you know, a police officer interested in training to teach this program, please contact:

Robert Moore MHR, LPC
Founder My Body...My Life...programs
Retired Sergeant, Norman Police Department
Work Phone - 405-650-6028

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dating Violence?

Dating Violence is the use of harassing, controlling, and/or abusive behavior to maintain power and control over a partner in a romantic relationship. Anyone can be a victim of dating violence, regardless of age, race, or gender. Types of violence may include:

  • Physical. A dating partner is being physically hurt, may include hit, kicked, punched, shoved, or otherwise physically injured.
  • Emotional/Verbal. A dating partner is exposed to emotional attacks including jealousy, insults, isolation, harassment, or threats of harm to themselves or loved ones.
  • Sexual. A dating partner is coerced or forced to engage in sexual activity when they do not want or cannot give consent including kissing or touching.
  • Technological. Emotional/verbal or sexual abuse may involve technology like cell phones and the internet. It can also be called sexting or cyberbullying.

How do you prevent dating violence?

Stopping dating violence before it starts is the best way to keep teens safe from dating abuse. There are ways anyone can help prevent dating violence:

  • Learn more about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  • Talk to your friends and family about healthy relationships, especially tweens and teens.
  • Support healthy relationship education in schools and youth groups.
  • Volunteer with your local domestic and sexual violence program, school, or youth group to help provide healthy relationship education.

How can I help a friend who is in an abusive relationship?

  • Listen to them and believe them.
  • Keep what they say confidential.
  • Encourage them to talk to an adult they trust like a parent, teacher, nurse, or counselor.
  • Give them website resources ( and hotline numbers (1-866-331-9474)

Teen Dating Violence Statistics in Oklahoma

The 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) indicates that among high school students:

  • 8% were physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend
  • 7% experienced physical dating violence
  • 9% experienced sexual dating violence

For additional statistics, the websites listed below include the 2015 Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data and Reports, and the 2014 Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) Survey Results.


A list of Evidence-based programs including pros and cons of each program.Evidence-Based Programs(pdf)
A dating violence fact sheet from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.Dating Violence Fact Sheet(pdf)
The understanding Teen Dating Violence fact sheet from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Understanding Teen Dating Violence Fact Sheet(pdf)
Teen Dating Violence, Oklahoma state law report card from Break the Cycle.State Law Report Card(pdf)
State Department of Education's check out library with resources on dating violence prevention.Resource Library (pdf)

Thank you to the Injury Prevention Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health for their assistance with this website.


School and Youth Violence

Youth violence is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on victims and their family, friends, and communities. The goal for youth violence prevention is simple to stop youth violence from happening in the first place. Effective prevention strategies are necessary to promote awareness about youth violence and to foster the commitment to social change. This website is dedicated to youth violence prevention efforts.

Violence Prevention Research-Based Curriculum

A list of research-based violence prevention programs examined and approved by federal agencies has been provided in the website below.

Violence Prevention Curriculum

Violence Prevention Resources

There are many reliable Web sites with violence prevention information and resources. A list of helpful resources for parents, students, and staff has been provided in the website below.

Violence Prevention Resources

Violence Prevention Trainings

  • The Striving To Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a free online program designed to help individuals, groups, organizations, and communities become acquainted with the key concepts and strategies of youth violence prevention. Concepts include warning signs, understanding youth violence, and how to protect your community.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created A Comprehensive Technical Package for the Prevention of Youth Violence and Associated Risk Behaviors for everyone interested in learning about violence prevention and effective prevention efforts. Youth violence is a significant public health problem that affects thousands of young people each day, and in turn, their families, schools, and communities. Youth violence typically involves young people hurting other peers who are unrelated to them and who they may or may not know well. Youth violence can take different forms. Examples include fights, bullying, threats with weapons, and gang-related violence. A young person can be involved with youth violence as a victim, offender, or witness.  Youth violence is preventable. The ultimate goal is to stop youth violence before it starts.
  • The Oklahoma City National Memorial offers workshops on a variety of topics to enhance educators understanding of the bombing. In addition, participants learn how to use the resources and educational materials available here to impact school climate and teach students to make good choices – to act with respect, resilience, and responsibility. School districts and individual schools can also request professional development designed specifically for their staff – including a Museum tour, First Person program, activities using lesson plans and resources available from the Memorial, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is at risk of youth violence?

Many factors can increase the risk of a youth engaging in violence. However, the presence of these factors does not always mean that a young person will become an offender. Risk factors for youth violence include:

  • Prior history of violence
  • Drug, alcohol, or tobacco use
  • Association with delinquent peers
  • Poor family functioning
  • Poor grades in school
  • Poverty in the community

How can we prevent youth violence?

The ultimate goal is to stop youth violence before it starts. Several prevention strategies have been identified.

  • Parent- and family-based programs improve family relations. Parents receive training on child development. They also learn skills for talking with their kids and solving problems in nonviolent ways.
  • Social-development strategies teach children how to handle tough social situations. They learn how to resolve problems without using violence.
  • Mentoring programs pair an adult with a young person. The adult serves as a positive role model and helps guide the young person’s behavior.
  • Changes can be made to the physical and social environment. These changes address the social and economic causes of violence.

Youth Violence Statistics in Oklahoma

The websites listed below include Superintendent-reported substance related incidents by each Oklahoma school district, Oklahoma Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data and Reports, and the Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA) Survey Results.


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Last updated on January 8, 2018