Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program

Teen dating violence is a major public health issue that occurs across diverse groups and cultures. It is a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse among adolescent partners. It includes verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, and digital (internet) abuse and may have both immediate and long term effects.

Minnesota is one of six states that have received planning grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess the issue and develop a plan. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) have gathered partners as the State Alliance on Healthy Youth Relationships (SAHYR) (DOC: 24KB/1page).

Teen Dating Violence Prevention State Plan

Preventing Teen Dating Violence State Plan (PDF: 819KB/33 pages)


The following activities will be part of the TDV prevention planning grant, which concludes in July 2011:

Environmental scan (DOC: 75KB/14 pages)
Describes current TDV prevention activities underway as well as local leadership and support for TDV prevention efforts.

    Policy scan
  • Creates a baseline inventory of TDV policies in the area.
    Evaluation scan
  • Assesses capacity of programs to evaluate their prevention activities and surveillance and policy initiatives, and to identify gaps and needs.
  • Will describe strategies for effective primary prevention of TDV primary prevention; it will be based on findings of the three scans.


Several national collections of teen dating violence prevention resources have been developed. Listed are the two most comprehensive web sites:

VAWnet: Preventing and Responding to Teen Dating Violence:This site describes collaborative and multi-level approaches to the prevention of and response to TDV. It provides definitions and general information and lists laws and legislation, national programs, and national organizations.

The site has resources for:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Teen Dating Violence:This site includes fact sheets and research articles on teen dating violence, why it happens and its effects, curricula, hotlines, and resource centers.

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