Jul 1, 2010
The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence has released a new scenario-based training for adults who work or interact with teens. It shows what dating is like for today’s teens – from a teen perspective. In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence is a training kit for teachers, counselors, youth group leaders, law enforcement or parents. Participants become one of six teen characters and make choices about their relationships, moving through scenarios by reading about interactions with a dating partner, family, friends, police, counselors and others. The teen scenarios are based on the experiences – sexting, pregnancy, homophobia and stalking – of real teens.
The parents of Dayna Fure, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in 2004 just days before she was to graduate from high school, funded the development of this training. “Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Dayna’s mother, Melody Hafner. “I feel that my daughter did what she thought was right, but many people that she went to for advice needed more knowledge. It is my hope that when people experience In Their Shoes, they get more information about what to look and listen for.”
Click here for more information about In Their Shoes.