The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth Features Expect Respect

February 26, 2016

The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) recently featured our article, “Implementing a Targeted Teen Dating Abuse Prevention Program: Challenges and Successes Experienced by Expect Respect Facilitators,”  To view the research summary and article click here or continue reading below.

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This Youth Advocate and Father Empowers Young Men to Define and Build Healthy Relationships

February 18, 2016

Marcus Griggs’ father grew up in a violent home, but the cycle of abuse stopped when he had his own children. Through example and discipline, Marcus was taught how to be a strong and loving man. Today, Marcus helps young men who have experienced violence or abuse develop the skills to have healthy relationships—and become the best young men they can be. This is Marcus’ story published in YES magazine

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An Evening of Champions

October 23, 2015

Joe Ehrmann, former All American and NFL star, addressed over 250 student athletes & coaches in Austin on April 10th, 2015. Ehrmann said there is a "crisis of masculinity" underlying many of our nation's problems. The cure, he said, is for boys & girls to be who they are and reject stereotyped images of masculinity and femininity.

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Mary Byron Project Calls for Action: Changing the Culture of Teen Dating Violence

October 13, 2014

Empowering young people with the tools to decipher healthy relationships from abusive ones is imperative in order to quell the epidemic of teen dating violence. 2009 Celebrating Solutions Winner, Expect Respect,  pioneered legislation, training, counseling and education for students and parents.

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Barri Rosenbluth Receives Professional Service Award

June 26, 2014

The Austin Child Guidance Center is proud to announce this year's winners of the 3rd Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award. The agency is awarding two distinguished recipients, in the categories of Community Activist and Community Service Professional.  

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Expect Respect at Mendez Middle School

May 13, 2014

This article is part of KUT's series Turning the Corner, taking a look at Austin's Dove Springs neighborhood.  One of the community-based program working in the area is SafePlace, which runs the "Expect Respect" program at Mendez and other middle and high schools in Austin.

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Teen Dating Violence On Rise; Girls Both Victims and Abusers

September 09, 2013

Sometimes, it's difficult to recognize dating abuse, especially among young people. Research from the American Psychological Association shows one in three people between the ages of 14 and 20, have been victims of dating violence.

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The Christian Science Monitor Features Expect Respect

March 19, 2013

The Steubenville rape trial has highlighted the widespread problem of students not intervening to stop dating and sexual violence among peers. But awareness is growing.

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Leslie Solcher Speaks At Rally Against Relationship Violence

March 01, 2013

On Valentine's Day 2013 Leslie joined the One Billion Rising rally at the Texas State Capitol to speak out against victim blaming and violence against women.  Leslie is a member of the Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble. 

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Ahora Si: Changing Lives News Feature

May 04, 2012

One in three adolescents in the U.S. are victims of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from their partner according to the National Dating Abuse Helpline.

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Riot The Silence In The News

February 27, 2012

View news coverage of the Annual Kick-off Event for National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in Austin: Riot the Silence 2 End Dating Violence.

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Community Supports Expect Respect

April 11, 2011

Julie Stevenson, Supporter of Expect Respect, discusses teen dating violence and the Expect Respect Program for I Live Here, I Give Here.

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Student Play Attacks Cyberbullying

March 09, 2011

AUSTIN (KXAN) - When you are 13 years old, you look up when a high school student walks by. You look up at him and you look up to him.

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In Context Presents: Changing Lives Through Art on July 22 at 8 p.m.

August 02, 2010

This documentary looks at two community arts projects that are partners in the Start Strong Austin initiative: The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble and The Cipher - Austin's Hip Hop Project. Both projects work to engage youth and the community in social change and specifically in dating violence prevention.

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Grant Attacks Teen Dating Violence

January 25, 2010

In a small room of the Yarbrough'nem Recording Studio in East Austin, four young friends crowd around the microphone.

The hip-hop beat punctuates the room and the voices launch into a passionate musical prayer.

"Instead of knocking you down, he should be picking you up," sing the Public Offenders. "She's not in prison, why are you knocking her down?"

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Start Strong In Austin

January 06, 2010

myFOXaustin(AUSTIN) - Austin is one of 11 cities to receive a $1 million dollar grant to help end teen dating violance. 

According to a 2006 National survey 1 in 3 teenagers say they know a friend who has been physically hurt by their dating partner.

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