Excerpt: Most domestic violence, date rape, and other relationship assaults can be prevented or stopped through knowing and using Kidpower’s relationship safety strategies and skills for teens and adults from our Fullpower program. Although they will not work all the time, these skills can help people avoid getting into a destructive relationship, make the best of a bad situation, preserve their sense of self-worth, and keep looking for a way to get help.

Here are 8 common questions we get about violence in intimate relationships, plus detailed strategies for assessing potential abuse or violence in relationships and how to make and carry out effective safety plans for the adults and any children who also may be affected.


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Most domestic violence, date rape, and other relationship assaults can be prevented or stopped through knowing and using relationship safety strategies and skills. The following article is from our Fullpower Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults.

For many years, our organization has taught workshops for programs serving people who are at risk of or survivors of domestic and dating violence. Imagine joining us in the living room of a safe house full of women who are asking with great sadness and some desperation, “How did I end up in this situation? What could I have done differently? How can I keep my children and myself safe now?” Their children are being cared for upstairs so that we can have time alone with these mothers.

Personal safety skills will not solve the social causes of  domestic and dating violence, and they will not work all the time – but these skills can help people avoid getting into a destructive relationship, make the best of a bad situation, preserve their sense of self-worth, and keep looking for a way to get help.

Here are 8 common questions we get about violence in intimate relationships, plus detailed strategies for assessing potential abuse or violence in relationships and how to make and carry out effective safety plans for the adults and any children who also may be affected.

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Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe, the Kidpower Safety Comics series, the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults, and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.

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