Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP)

This school-based domestic violence prevention curriculum teaches students to recognize and prevent teen relationship abuse. Lesson plans include a variety of exercises. Parent workshop information and school staff development materials are also included.

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Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) by the Center Against Domestic Violence, Office of Domestic Violence and Emergency Intervention Services, Department of Social Services of the Human Resources Administration, City of New York (2005)

This school-based domestic violence prevention curiculum teaches students to recognize and prevent teen relationship abuse. Lesson plans include a variey of exercises. Parent workshop information and school staff development materials are also included. Components of the curriculum are described below.

Teen Relationship Abuse: Lesson Plans offers a variety of exercises for use with teens in a school setting:

  • "Is it abuse if?" Module
  • Case Scenario Activity: "Deborah's and Larry's Stories"
  • "Are YOU at risk of being abusive?" Activities
  • Self-esteem and self-evaluation exercises
  • Activities examining gender roles
  • Safety planning information & legal supports
  • Sexual harassment module with scenarios
  • Acquaintance rape information and role-play
  • Healty relationship quizzes and worksheets
  • "How Can I Help My Friend?" handout

Teen Relationship Abuse: School Staff Development includes detailed information on:

  • Safety planning information
  • Legal rights & resources for teens
  • "The Historical Context of Gender Bias" timeline
  • Overview of dynamics in abusive teen relationships
  • Impact of abuse on teen development - signs to look for

Teen Relationship Abuse: Parent Workshop Forms offers:

  • RAPP Information
  • Overview of dynamics in abusive teen relationships
  • Tips for parents
  • Legal rights & resources for teens

The information and/or materials posted regarding Relationship Abuse Prevention are used with the permission of the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York. VAWnet acknowledges the Center Against Domestic Violence for developing the materials and the Office of Domestic Violence and Emergency Intervention Services of the Human Resources Administration of the City of New York for its contribution of the materials.

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