Planning for RWJF's Start Strong program

Young people experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) of any age group: from 10 percent to 20 percent of young people ages 12 to 18 report being a victim of physical violence by intimates, depending upon the definition of violence. When a broader definition is used that includes acts of verbal and psychological intimidation and stalking, the prevalence is closer to 1 in 2. IPV perpetration and victimization in adolescence is a strong predictor of continued IPV into adult relationships. Adolescent dating violence, therefore, may represent a bridge between childhood maltreatment experiences and the occurrence of similar relationship patterns of violence or victimization in adulthood and represents an ideal time to intervene to prevent IPV later in life. Though primary prevention of IPV is in its nascent stages, promising approaches are beginning to emerge from diverse community contexts throughout the country. The Foundation's Vulnerable Populations team is interested in developing an initiative that leverages those approaches to prevent adolescent dating violence. Through this project, the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) will assist in designing a community-based initiative that incorporates strategies to create healthy environments and healthy relationships before IPV occurs with adolescents -- their contexts, norms and behaviors. FVPF will produce a paper that includes different options for the initiative, including the advantages and challenges for each. FVPF will also develop a draft call for proposals and coordinate a meeting with key experts.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $147,350.00

Awarded on: 5/1/2007

Time frame: 5/15/2007 - 11/14/2007

Grant Number: 61685


Futures Without Violence

The Presidio
100 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, 94129-4331


Debbie Lee
Project Director