Dear Friends,

It was recently announced that the upcoming Senate version of VAWA will include a new teen dating violence prevention focus. SAVE encourages evidence-based programs for children and teens. When done right, youth in families with abuse can be taught to break the cycle of violence.

The key words here are “When done right.” This SAVE report shows Most DV Educational Programs Lack Accuracy, Balance, and Truthfulness ( ) On average, only 10% of DV “education” is correct.

SAVE TEPAIt is vital, that moving forward all domestic violence educational materials include only accurate and unbiased information. SAVE offers a Training, Education, and Public Awareness (TEPA) accreditation program . This kind of scrutiny is necessary if we are to serve all victims of domestic violence.

Call Senator Leahy today. Politely yet firmly explain that all new teen dating violence prevention programs need to be accredited. Tell him to “get it right the first time out of the gate.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy

Thank you for assuring that all teens have the opportunity to break the cycle of violence.


Teri Stoddard, Program Director

Stop Abusive and Violent Environments

P.S. Help us grow our efforts….forward this E-lert to a friend!