Supporting Safe Environments
Caring for a person's mental health, safety and well-being are equally important as caring for a person's physical health. All children should be able to grow up in a safe environment where they have the freedom to learn, grow and develop. Encouragement and strong, positive influences are missing from many of our children's homes and communities. We need to respond to that need and support programs that focus on the well-being and safety of a child, in addition to the family unit, so they are given the opportunity to develop into healthy and happy adults, therefore providing safe environments for their children and future generations to come.
Loveisrespect.org is one of our key partners that support safe environments for children and families in the communities we serve.
In early 2012, the Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative announced an exciting partnership with loveisrespect.org . Loveisrespect.org is a collaboration between Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline to tackle the growing epidemic of teen dating violence. It's reported that 1 in 3 adolescents are exposed to teen dating abuse in their school or community. Our partnership supports the enhancement of loveisrespect.org, which is the ultimate teen dating violence prevention resource in addition to tailored, on-the-ground outreach and awareness programs within our four states. Our involvement with this program will better equip our communities to respond to this growing and very unique form of abuse in an effort to create and maintain safe environments for our youth. Exposure to healthy relationships at the young age will set the stage for healthy and safe relationships as adults.