Teens

The Center Against Domestic Violence was the first organization in New York to offer a program to prevent teen relationship abuse.

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Today we are the premier provider of this year-round service, teaching tens of thousands of students at twelve high schools about healthy relationships.

Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP)

“The Center is addressing domestic abuse tomorrow by preventing teen relationship abuse today.” —Luis Matos, LCSW, Director of Education & Community Services

RAPP reaches tens of thousands of teens each year on high school campuses from the southern tip of Staten Island, to the east side of Queens, to the northern edge of the Bronx. Students learn about relationship abuse, sexual harassment, and how to build healthy relationships.

Download a sample of the RAPP curriculum here (PDF).
Or request the full curriculum through our Contact Us form.

Each participating high school has a dedicated social worker who coordinates the program. Social workers provide counseling to students on a wide variety of subjects related to teen abuse, including:

  • leaving abusive relationships
  • helping friends who are in abusive relationships
  • dealing with trauma from having witnessed violence in the family
  • reporting crimes
  • obtaining orders of protection
  • building confidence and self esteem
  • preventing domestic violence in the community.

View a video about the RAPP program below.




Peer Leadership Program

We believe that the best people to teach teens about making healthy relationship choices are other trained teens. That’s why an important component of RAPP is Peer Leadership, which builds teen leaders who can speak out against relationship abuse and help their friends get the help they need. In an intensive seven-week summer program, teens have fun while learning to be peer leaders.

“Before I joined RAPP I really was a mean person. Now I feel like my brothers and sisters can look up to me.” —Chanel