Preventing Dating Abuse and Promoting Healthy Relationships

A trio of dating violence prevention experts addresses the Walden Forum  at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 18. The talk will be presented jointly by Dr. Emily F. Rothman, an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health; Casey Corcoran, the Director of the Start Strong dating violence prevention initiative at the Boston Public Health Commission; and Joanne Patterson, the Director of Education and Prevention programs at REACH Beyond Domestic Violence. The Walden Forum is held at First Parish Meeting House, at the intersection of Routes 20 and 27 in Wayland, Mass.

The speakers will discuss the prevalence of dating abuse in the United States, review what is known about risk and protective factors for perpetration and victimization, and outline elements of the most successful prevention initiatives. In addition, they will highlight cutting-edge dating violence prevention materials and events (including the “Break Up Summit,” which was recently featured on the CBS Early Show), and elaborate on the local prevention efforts that are scheduled to take place in 2011-12.