About the Community of Practice to Address Youth Dating Violence

Community of Practice – Addressing Youth Dating Violence

The Community of Practice: Addressing Youth Dating Violence connects 21 intervention research projects across Canada through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s investment Preventing Gender-Based Violence: the Health Perspective, Teen/Youth Dating Violence Prevention. Gender-based violence is a preventable and significant barrier to gender equality, yet it persists in Canada. Not only does it have immediate and long-lasting impacts on the physical and mental health of survivors, but it can also have lasting consequences for families, communities and society. The government of Canada has re-affirmed its commitment to ending gender-based violence by announcing funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada to support interventions aimed at preventing teen and youth dating violence. By preventing and intervening in unhealthy relationships and promoting healthy relationships in youth, we can ensure the long term health and well-being of young Canadians.

The Community of Practice, led by PREVNet located at Queen’s University, facilitates knowledge mobilization among and for the 21 projects through webinars, working groups, and a variety of other resources (e.g., research summaries, best practices tip sheets) for maximal solutions and impacts to address youth dating violence. Over the next five years, we will build a collaborative and vibrant Community of Practice to strengthen all of our work in the field of teen/youth dating violence. We will also share resources to the broader community through webinars, newsletters, reports, social media, infographics, etc.

About the Projects

The 21 intervention research projects are developing, implementing and testing programs that teach young people about consent, respect, and healthy relationships. These programs aim to change knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour to prevent violence and abuse and will facilitate the development of a culture of evidence-based practice in organizations, and in the long run enhance the effectiveness of programs and reduce teen dating violence in Canada.