Safe Schools & Communities

The Expect Respect® Program engages school personnel, parents and community organizations in promoting healthy relationships, creating safe school and afterschool environments and responding effectively to incidents of violence and abuse.



Expect Respect works with schools to foster a safe and responsive school environment and assists with needs assessments, training and development of  protocols to effectively respond to incidents and prevent bullying, sexual harassment and dating violence.

  • Policy Planning Tool -  assists school districts with the implementation of the Texas Teen Dating Violence Law. Click here to see a video developed by the Texas School Safety Center at Texas State University that illustrates the requirements and components of TEC 37.0831
  • Strengths and Needs Assessment  -  foundation for understanding school and community needs and developing a strategic plan. 
  • Manor Collaborative for Safe and Healthy Relationships -  supports children and youth who have been exposed to violence and works with schools and community organizations to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating and sexual violence among teens. Expect Rexpect leads a partnership with Manor ISD, Strong Start, Con Mi MADRE, African American Youth Harvest Foundation, Travis County Sheriff''s Office, Travis County Office for Children's Services and the Austin/Travis County Family Violence Taskforce.
  • Resources and Training for Administrators, Counselors, Faculty, Nurses, Law Enforcement and Parent Support Specialists on dating abuse, sexual harassment and bullying prevention. For examples, see
  • Engagement of Coaches -  promotes respectful and safe relationships on and off the field. Austin ISD Athletic Director, Leal Anderson, speaks to the role of coaches and athletes as leaders in violence prevention. 
  • Collaboration with Social and Emotional Learning and Student Support Services -  promotes positive character and healthy relationships among students and student athletes. See also
  • Parent and Youth Transition Initiative in collaboration with The Austin Project, AISD Learning Support Services and Parent Support Office - increases communication and school connectedness for families transitioning to middle school. 
  • Dating Abuse Screening and Response Protocol for Nurses and comprehensive training.
  • Collaboration with the Austin ISD School Health Advisory Council - develops a coordinated approach to school health, including social emotional health and violence prevention.
  • Curricula and other materials - see Resources for Educators


Celebrating School and Community Collaboration

From 2008 – 2012, Expect Respect was the lead agency in the Start Strong Austin initiative that rallied the community in developing innovative strategies to end and prevent dating abuse. Community partners included Austin ISD, Seton/Dell Children's Medical Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, The Austin Project, Creative Action, The Cipher-Austin's Hip Hop Project, and Hahn, Texas.