Violence is a serious public health problem that affects people in all stages of life. Many who survive violence suffer physical, mental, and or emotional health problems throughout the rest of their lives. The CPSTF recommends intervention approaches to prevent violence and reduce harms associated with violence.
Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
CDC developed this comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model to stop teen dating violence before it starts. Dating Matters is an evidence-based teen dating violence prevention model that includes prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. It focuses on teaching 11-14 year olds healthy relationship skills before they start dating and reducing behaviors that increase the risk for dating violence, like substance abuse and sexual risk-taking.
CDC’s Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) Initiative HI-5 highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier. The website features links to implementation resources and success stories that can help communities get started.