Studies show that teen dating violence is a major social problem: One in five female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner and one in three teens say they know a friend who has been hit, punched or slapped by a partner. Each year, more young people are victims of dating, intimate partner or domestic violence in their relationships or homes.
The Remington Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle launched Date SMART in October 2016 for grades 9th-12th, after a young mother whose children attend our club was killed as a result of a domestic violence incident. This is an important new program designed to increase both young women and young men's understanding of dating violence, help them recognize the signs of abuse and build the skills they need to achieve healthy relationships free of violence and abuse.
Because teens see so few role models for relationships that are safe, respectful and mutually supportive, through the Date SMART Program, they will learn the basics of healthy relationships, both platonic and romantic, they will carry with them throughout their lives.