Be a Part of the Solution

In Love…and In Danger believes that teens are part of the solution when it comes to reducing dating violence.  This past spring, an amazingly talented group of students from Notre Dame High School created a video for In Love…and In Danger. They used spoken word, music and drama to talk about the importance of healthy relationships, highlighting teen dating violence and how social media can play a role both in healthy and unhealthy ways. On September 8, 2014, with the support of Crime Prevention Ottawa, the video was launched. Watch as these local high school students use their talents and insights to share information about social media, and provide ideas for how it can be used to reduce violence in teen dating relationships.  Or view the September 8, 2014 CTV interview with the students and staff from Family Services Ottawa.

If the students at your school want to be part of the solution, please contact the In Love…and In Danger Coordinator at ilid@familyservicesottawa.org The Fall 2014 In Love …and In Danger conference will take place on Thursday October 30.

 

In Love & In Danger

In Love and In Danger was developed as a collaboration between Family Services à la famille Ottawa, the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to address the rising concern about dating violence among youth and as much as possible, to stop the violence before it begins.

Alarming statistics were emerging in the 1990′s that indicated that more and more youth were involved in dating relationships that were abusive. Young girls were being emotionally and physically abused and even murdered by their boyfriends. Statistics were coming out of the United States that showed that 1 out of 4 young girls would experience dating violence before they graduated from high school. Canadian statistics were not far behind.

How the Program Works

In Love & In Danger reaches up to 35,000 students each year through two annual youth directed conferences, community outreach, and follow up projects and activities in local schools. Using a train-the-trainer format, teams of youth from each school come together for a dynamic and interactive day of learning about dating violence and woman abuse. Teams collect information and skills, develop action plans, and then go back to their schools with ideas, strategies, and plans to educate their peers. At the end of the school year, the teen trainers come back together to share their projects and celebrate their successes.

At the conferences, youth come together and learn about the indicators of abusive behaviour, the warning signs, the role of the media, and how to create healthy relationships. The conferences address dating violence, violence in the family, woman abuse, violence in the media, and violence in diverse communities.

The model for ILID has been successful because…

Youth are engaged as part of the solution not as part of the problem. Every high school is invited to send a team of students with a teacher/staff representative to our conferences. The conferences engage youth in cooperation with educators, social workers, and community service staff.

The conferences are highly interactive. They challenge students to get engaged in the issue, not just by learning and talking about it but by developing their own anti-violence projects. Time is set aside in the fall conference for student teams to brainstorm project ideas and action plans that are tailored to the needs of their particular schools. Their home schools support their efforts by giving them time and opportunities to implement their project.  Recently a group of students from St. Francis Xavier who attended the Fall Conference, wrote an article to share their experience.   The spring conference then invites the students back to showcase it and debrief the process.

Please feel free to download the In Love and In Danger Safety Plan Pamplet.  It is available in both French and English.

For more information about In Love & In Danger please contact us by telephone at 613-725-3601 ext. 240, TTY at 613-725-6175 or by email at ilid@familyservicesottawa.org

 

Family Services Ottawa
312 avenue Parkdale Ave.
Ottawa ON K1Y 4X5
T. 613-725-3601