Here at Promise Place the main goal is to not only help victims of abuse, but to also bring awareness regarding violence prevention. We have collaborated with the CDC and NCCASA to implement 3 programs focuses on youth violence into Jones, Craven, and Pamlico counties.


The 3 programs are:

  • Safe Dates

  • Shifting Boundaries 

  • Strengthening Families

The primary focus of the prevention program is to raise awareness about physical, sexual, mental, and emotional violence. The entire program was created by the Center for Disease Control to minimize youth violence. Within the prevention program we will address risk factors that make individuals more likely to experience violence. The secondary goal of the prevention program is to increase protective factors that allow youth to recognize violence, use healthy coping and communication skills, and increase opportunities for healthy decision making that result in non-violent outcomes.

Risk factors that increase an individual’s chance of experiencing violence are gender, poverty, prior victimization, early sexual initiation, hostility towards women, unsupportive family members, societal norms that support violence, and lastly, weak laws that protect victims.


Protective factors include emotional health and connectedness, empathy and concern for how one’s actions affect others, academic achievement, peer support groups, caring and trustworthy adults, and lastly, healthy coping skills to handle stress.

Program Information
Safe Dates:


A program for high school and college students that is designed to address behaviors associated with dating violence and abuse. Over the course of 10, sixty minutes sessions, participants will engage in discussion and activities to increase their awareness about dating violence and develop coping skills for making healthy decisions, having effective communication, and developing a community that does not tolerate violence.


Topics that will be discussed are:

  • Defining Caring Relationships and Dating Abuse

  • Why People Abuse

  • How to Help Friends

  • Overcoming Gender Stereotypes

  • How We Feel and How We Deal

  • Equal Power Through Communication

  • Preventing Dating Sexual Abuse

Shifting Boundaries:

Research suggests that adolescents can experience dating violence and sexual harassment as young as sixth grade. Thus, the Shifting Boundaries intervention is designed for middle school students in sixth and seventh grades. Shifting Boundaries is designed to reduce dating violence and sexual harassment by highlighting the consequences of this behavior for perpetrators. School faculty is also educated on the areas within the school students feel safe and where they feel unsafe. 


The primary target of this prevention program aims to:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of sexual abuse and harassment

  • Promote prosocial attitudes and a negative view of dating violence and sexual harassment

  • Promote nonviolent behavioral intentions in bystanders

  • Reduce the occurrence of dating and peer violence

  • Reduce the occurrence of sexual harassment

The curriculum is divided into 4 sessions for 6th grade and 6 sessions for students in 7th grade. Topics that will be discussed are:

  • What is a boundary

  • Measuring personal space

  • Mapping safe and unsafe spaces within the school

  • Respecting boundaries agreement

Strengthening Families:

The Strengthening Families Program is an evidence-based family skills training program for high-risk and general population families that is recognized both nationally and internationally. Parents and youth attend weekly skills classes together, learning parenting skills and youth life and refusal skills. The Strengthening Families Program is effective because it was specifically crafted to increase Protective Factors and reduce the Risk Factors that lead to both substance abuse and youth depression.


Risk factors addressed are:

  • Neglect; lack of love, care, & support

  • Family conflict

  • Difficulties in communicating respectfully

  • Lax or harsh discipline

  • Lack of supervision

  • Substance use by parents (or child)

  • Stressful life events

  • Exposure to violence/abuse

  • Low expectations for school success / failure at school

  • Lack of family customs, traditions

  • Low self-esteem


Protective factors include:

  • Strong, loving parent-child bonds

  • Functional, well-managed home

  • Mild, consistent discipline

  • Clear rules against substance use

  • Monitoring of child’s activities & friends

  • High expectations; involved parent

  • School attendance and success

  • Family customs & traditions

  • Parents set a good substance use example


The Strengthening Families curriculum includes three 14-week courses: Parent Training, Children’s Skills Training and Family Life Skills Training. Parents learn to increase desired behaviors in children by using attention and rewards, clear communication, effective discipline, substance use education, problem solving and limit setting. Children learn effective communication, understanding feelings, social skills, problem solving, resisting peer pressure, consequences of substance use, and compliance with parental rules. During the second hour families engage in structured family activities, practice therapeutic child play, conduct family meetings, learn communication skills, practice effective discipline, reinforce positive behaviors in each other, and plan family activities together. Strengthening Families uses creative retention strategies such as special incentives for attendance, good behavior in children, and homework completion. 

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