Dating Abuse

Possessiveness and Jealousy Do Not Equal Love


Facts about Dating Abuse:

  • Abuse happens in every community in Bergen County.
  • Approximately 1 in 4 teens report physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
  • Adolescents, ages 16-24 years, experience the highest rate of relationship violence (U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and National Center for Victims of Crime).
  • Prevention programs change the attitudes and behaviors linked with dating abuse (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Why Schedule a FREE Workshop?

Dating abuse curriculum is now mandatory in our schools.

"BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey: The Legislature finds and declares that: a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards; a student who is a victim of dating violence suffers academically, and the student's safety at school is jeopardized; and since all students have a right to learn and study in a safe, supportive environment that is free from violence, each school district should have a policy to prevent, and for responding to, incidents of dating violence, and should provide dating violence education to students in order to prevent dating violence and address incidents involving dating violence." (State of New Jersey, 214th Legislature, Senate No. 2114).

With the goal of "Prevention Through Education" (PTE), we invite your school to schedule a workshop on domestic violence and teen dating abuse. These PTE workshops are designed for middle and high schools and are available at no charge!

Fore more information, or to schedule a workshop please call (201) 336-7526.

Contact Us

Marisa Heluk


Division of Alternatives to Domestic Violence

One Bergen County Plaza  • 2nd Floor • Hackensack, NJ 07601-7076


24-hour Crisis Hotline: 201-336-7575 • Fax: 201-336-7555

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.