Safe Dates (2010)



Curriculum Cost

Safe Dates consists of a 10-session curriculum, play, parent materials, and posters.

Students discuss:

  • healthy relationships,
  • red flags,
  • helping friends,
  • gender stereotypes, and
  • sexual assault.

This is an evidence-based program that has had long-term outcomes measured in its effectiveness in preventing teen dating violence.

Part of the Respect Works Four-Step Approach to Preventing Dating Violence, which is a comprehensive dating violence prevention program that also includes materials on developing school policy and a section on developing student leaderships. Four unique components work together to address dating violence at the middle school and high school levels.

  • School Policy Kit: This resource guides educators in creating new or updating existing dating abuse policies and specifically addresses issues of school safety and legal liability. The toolkit includes a CD_ROM of reproducible materials.
  • Safe Dates Second Edition:& Provide dating violence prevention programming with teens using Hazelden's Safe Dates, the leading evidence-based program proven to reduce incidents of teen dating violence. Ideal for middle and early high school settings. Includes a CD-ROM of reproducible materials.
  • Ending Violence: Ideal as a supplement Safe Dates or as a standalone program for high school students. Present this flexible program in the classroom, through a community-based agency, or in a juvenile justice setting in one day or over the course of a semester. Includes a self-guided resource for students, a video presentation for adults, classroom materials, and additional support via the microsite.
  • Speak. Act. Change: Empower students to advocate for dating violence prevention through youth activism, service-learning , and peer leadership. Designed for students 13 and older. Includes a CD-ROM of reproducible materials.
Empirical Support

Most recent CDC review included promising findings for Safe Dates related to IPSV for teens.

Was shown by a four-year study to be effective in decreasing dating violence.

  • Foshee, V.A., et al. (2005). Assessing the effects of the dating violence prevention program “Safe Dates” using random coefficient regression modeling. Prevention Science 6 :245–57.
Target Audience

Middle and high school students.


Order the latest, 3rd edition of the Safe Dates curriculum for $295