The Center for Healthy Teen Relationships provides technical assistance along with Break the Cycle to nine grantee consortiums across the nation as part of the Office on Violence Against Women’s Services, Training, Education and Policies to Reduce Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking in Secondary Schools Grant Program (STEP).
This discretionary grant program is designed to provide training to school administrators, faculty, and staff; develop policies and procedures for response; provide support services; develop effective prevention strategies; and collaborate with mentoring organizations to support middle and high school students who have experienced or are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
The nine grantee schools/districts are from New York, South Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, Washington, California, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
The Center for Healthy Teen Relationships and Break the Cycle work together to build the capacity of OVW STEP grantees to implement comprehensive initiatives to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in middle and high schools.
Linda Chamberlain, PhD MPH, Director of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, is an epidemiologist specializing in adolescent brain development.
David S. Lee, MPH, Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), manages Prevention Connection and CALCASA technical assistance on prevention to California Rape Crisis Centers, including the MyStrength campaign.
Debbie Lee, Senior Vice President for the Futures Without Violence, is the Deputy Director, National Program Office Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships.
Casey Corcoran, M.Ed., Project Director, Futures Without Violence, Engaging Men, and former Director of the Start Strong Initiative at the Boston Public Health Commission, has worked on comprehensive community-based interventions.
Barri Rosenbluth, LCSW, Director of the SafePlace “Expect Respect” Program and Start Strong Austin, has 20 years of experience developing curricula and school policy and coauthored the Expect Respect Program Manual, Date Smart/ Boys and Girls Clubs of America; Love: All That and More for the FaithTrust Institute, and contributed to Choose Respect.