The goal of the DVCC Coordinated Community Response to Teen Dating Violence is to increase access to services and ultimately reduce the recurrence of teen dating violence in the Stamford community. To achieve this goal, the CCR has begun to strengthen existing programs and communication among community systems in order to link services and provide teens with quality youth-focused resources.
The project brought together over 30 providers and organizations in Stamford who currently serve or are in a position to serve adolescents and teens. In addition, teens have assumed leadership roles within the CCR through each stage of its development. Most of these teens are involved with DVCC’s Teen PeaceWorks, groups of students in local public schools that advocate for awareness of and reduction of teen dating violence amongst their peers.
Members of the CCR-TDV have met to exchange and assess information, attended a two-day training session led by national facilitators in teen dating violence response and prevention, and conducted teen dating violence surveys in Stamford’s public high schools.
Future steps include: reviewing the final report and choosing and implementing strategies; compiling a complete resource guide for teens, parents, law enforcement, medical professionals, school administrators, staff and teachers, and other agencies serving teens; creating more education and information on teen dating violence for parents through coordinated efforts with PTA’S, PTO’S and other in-school and out-of-school parent groups.
The CCR–TDV was made possible through a grant from the STOP Violence Against Women Fund administered through the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management.
The full report on DVCC’s Coordinated Community Response to Teen Dating Violence may be found on our website under TOOLS.