Peace In Every Relationship (P.I.E.R.)

 A dating violence prevention program



The staggering statistics...

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. has been victimized by dating violence (a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence).
  • One in ten high school students has been purposefully slapped, hit, or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. 
  • One in four high school girls has been physically or sexually abused.

Our young victims...

  • Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence -- almost triple the national average.
  • Violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18.
  • The severity of intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence.

The life-long effects...

  • 50% of youth who have been victims of both dating violence and rape attempt suicide, compared to 12.5% of non- abused girls and 5.4% of non-abused boys.
  • Adolescent victims of violent relationships are higher risk for substance abuse, eating disorders, risky sexual behavior and further domestic violence. 

We can help. Let's talk about it.

We are a group of local domestic violence victim's advocates, scholars, and trained peer educators dedicated to reversing the trend of violent relationships among at-risk individuals. 

We provide:

  • Interactive, multimedia training sessions and discussion groups designed to engage young people, particularly those at high-risk for dating abuse, in open dialogue about healthy relationships
  • Accessible and educational sessions that are appropriate for middle and high school groups, and community groups/ organizations of all sizes and demographic profiles
  • Mentorship for students on how they can take action to end dating violence in their own schools and communities.
  • Dynamic and customizable session formats, such as brainstorms, role-plays, and group activities.
  • Pre- and postsession surveys to evaluate the knowledge gained through the program, as well as modified perceptions related to family domestic violence, dating violence, and healthy relationships. 

Through this training young people will learn that...

  • Healthy relationships are based on mutual respect in which both partners are treated equally. In a healthy relationship, both people support eachother's goals, decisions, and opinions.
  • A healthy relationship requires trust, honesty, and respect. 
  • Feeling safe, comfortable,and at ease expressing ones feelings are important qualities of a healthy relationship.

To speak to a trainer or schedule an educational session please contact Laura Finley, PhD at


 If anyone you know adult or teen, needs help getting free from an abusive situation, please contact: 

No More Tears

(954) 324-7669


Everyone has a right to a healthy relationship.