Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Domestic Violence Primary Prevention Technical Assistance & Training Project 
Created by California Department of Public Health – Violence Prevention Unit, and administered by TC-TAT, this Project is building an infrastructure for comprehensive domestic violence prevention in communities across California, with a specialized focus on teen dating violence.  


Drawing upon the expertise, passion and insights of prevention practitioners, the Project began with a national prevention resource assessment, which resulted in identifying middle school youth as a target audience.  Next, three promising prevention strategies for preventing teen dating violence were chosen to be tested by six  organizations across the state.  These six organizations represent both rural and urban communities and receive training and support from TC-TAT.


The three strategies are:



  • GroundSpark: a multi-bias, multi-issue approach to creating safe and inclusive schools and communities;

  • Promoting Gender Respect: a bystander approach working with men and middle school age boys to shift gender norms; and

  • Close to Home: a community mobilization approach to prevent domestic violence.

Related Tools:
Prevention Resource Assessment Report
Partnering with Young People to Prevent Domestic Violence: How to Build Youth-driven Prevention Programming - this webinar, co-presented by TC-TAT and Tatiana Colon, builds on exciting efforts to strengthen intergenerational partnerships for prevention. It features flexible, low-cost ways to include youth in prevention work and develop personal and organizational capacity to work in meaningful and respectful ways with youth. View powerpoint slides.