Youth are an important resource in our communities; Casa de Misericordia hopes to bring awareness to teen dating violence by working with our community and schools.
Dating abuse affects around 1.5 million teens annually.
This 2018-2019 school year, UISD’s Los Obispos Middle School gave us the opportunity to collaborate with a group of middle school girls, who formed the Pink Ladies Club. The group consisted of 20-25 students, grade levels 6th-8th that met once a month after school. They committed their time and showed their effort as we met monthly to discuss different dating matters including:
How you treat a dating partner and how you wish to be treated
Defining dating abuse
Understanding why people abuse
How to help a friend
The Safe Dates curriculum was used to guide the topics along with material and activities that allowed students the opportunity to discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students also learned about Casa de Misericordia’s shelter program and the services that are provided to many survivors of domestic violence. At the end of the sessions, the students presented Casa de Misericorida with donation items that were gathered among them and their school classmates; donations included toys, hygiene products, household items and canned goods.
On behalf of all the staff, board members and families of Casa de Misericordia, we give you thanks and hope to see you all again next school year.
Our Prevention and Education staff at Casa de Misericordia and Lamar Bruni Education Center gives presentations and training events to raise awareness on domestic violence, teen dating abuse and services provided by our program. Please contact us if you would like to request a FREE educational presentation on domestic violence or teen dating abuse at your school, community center or organization.