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The prevalence of abuse in teenage dating relationships has increasingly become a source of concern for students, parents, school personnel and social service providers. PeaceWorks educators have years of experience helping students to recognize the signs of healthy and unhealthy relationships and learn ways to keep themselves safe. We have been an ongoing presence for many years in several area high schools and, this year, have been asked to provide programs in four new high schools. The following are some comments from teens after a PeaceWorks presentation on healthy dating:

"Thank you for coming into our class to talk about dating violence. I have now learned that if you are in a situation that you cannot handle you should definitely go talk to someone."

 "Thank you for coming to our health class to talk to us about dating abuse. I learned many important facts from you. For example I never knew that kissing your partner in public when she feels uncomfortable about it is a form of abuse. I will make sure that I am not abusing my girl."

Recognizing the importance of teen peer influences, PeaceWorks educators have also worked to develop Teen PeaceWorks in order help interested students become involved in issues around healthy relationships so that they can help educate their peers and hold awareness events. During National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week in early February, high school students in Darien, Weston, Wilton and at Stamford Academy in Stamford held events and provided information to their fellow students.