Breaking the Cycle

May 17, 2011

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On June 14, 2011, Safe Harbor will host a one-day training entitled “Breaking the Cycle: Recognizing and Responding to the Signs of Teen Dating Violence.” This training is geared for middle school and high school teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, youth pastors/leaders, coaches, and other adults who work with teens.  Participants will learn about the dynamics and warning signs of teen dating abuse and how to effectively assist students who are dealing with violence in their relationships (safety planning, cultural competency, etc).

Professional trainers from BreakTheCycle.Org, a national nonprofit organization addressing the issue of teen dating violence, will lead this training. 

Studies show that 1 in 3 teens will experience violence in a relationship, yet two-thirds of them will never report it to anyone. (  Females between the ages of 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group (US Dept. of Justice), and teen dating violence runs across race, gender, and socio-economic lines (National Center for Victims of Crime). 

Safe Harbor hopes this training will help adults who work with teens to understand the facts and dynamics of dating abuse and how to effectively respond to a teen facing violence in a dating relationship with appropriate resources and referrals.

The training will take place in the Multipurpose Room at Trinity Lutheran Church at 421 N. Main St. in downtown Greenville on Tuesday, June 14 from 8:30am-3:30pm (registration/sign-in/coffee from 8:00-8:30am).  Teachers/educators in Greenville, Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee Counties can receive 5 CEU/professional training hours during this event.  Register online at

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because...

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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