For theater performances, workshops, or information on dating violence please call Jennifer Penoza at CHILD, Inc. at 302-762-8989.
(Promoting Respect In Dating Experiences)
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Project P.R.I.D.E. is a dating violence intervention program that targets the middle school through college-age population in New Castle County. Since 1999, Project P.R.I.D.E. has provided counseling services for over 225 victims (primarily young women) of dating violence and their families, developed a successful teen advisory and action council (RAID: Respectful Actions In Dating) with participation by over 40 local high school students, and presented dating violence education for over 5,000 young men and women, as well as for hundreds of youth-service workers and domestic violence professionals.
Young men and women are vulnerable to abuse in their dating relationship for a number of reasons: They are typically inexperienced with intimate relationships, they have romanticized notions of jealousy and possessiveness in relationships and are they are frequently unable to recognize abusive behaviors. At the same time, they are struggling for independence in relation to their families, thereby removing themselves from potential supports as they face challenges in their relationships. Early dating experiences can have a profound impact on self-esteem, expectations, and patterns of future relationships.
Individual counseling can be provided at CHILD, Inc.'s Main Office on Philadelphia Pike or in school settings, at the discretion of school administration. Ten-week psychoeducational support groups for young women are offered in several high schools as well as at CHILD, Inc.
Educational presentations are interactive and emphasize the identification of abusive behaviors within relationships, peer responses, characteristics of healthy relationships, and how to get help.
Project P.R.I.D.E. also offers training workshops for professionals about dating violence and related issues. All of the above services can be arranged by Jennifer Penoza at CHILD, Inc. at 302-762-8989. Link here to Child, Inc. website.
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