More Information About Start Strong
Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships (Start Strong) is one of the largest initiatives ever funded to target 11- to- 14-year-olds and rally entire communities to promote healthy relationships as the way to prevent teen dating violence and abuse. This national program brings together a wide variety of partners in 11 communities across the country to tackle this issue and empowers young people to build safe and healthy relationships and ensure violence and abuse are never tolerated.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious public health problem that impacts more than one in three women and one in four men in the United States. Young people ages 16 to 24 are among the most vulnerable. IPV severely injures families, damages individual potential and affects the well-being of societies. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation therefore made an unprecedented four-year investment to prevent IPV before it starts by promoting healthy relationships among middle school students. By starting earlier, Start Strong uses innovative strategies in education, school policy change, community outreach and social marketing to support healthy relationships and stop the acceptance of violence and abuse.
Start Strong is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in collaboration with Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) and Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund). RWJF and BSCF invested $18 million in 11 communities across the country to identify and evaluate the most promising pathways to stop teen dating violence and abuse before it starts. RWJF funded 10 sites around the country and BSCF funded one site in California. This four-year initiative began November 15, 2008 and will end on November 14, 2012.