Date of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Type


Director of Thesis

Dr. Beverly Baliko

First Reader

Dr. Phyllis Raynor

Second Reader

Dr. Phyllis Raynor


Teen dating violence is a national issue that effects approximately 25 percent of American teens annually1. The need for teen dating violence education programs within South Carolina high schools was examined on this premise as well as the importance of mitigating the statistics of those adults affected by interpersonal relationship violence and psychological aftermath on survivors. A presentation for students that taught awareness of dating violence, aspects of healthy and unhealthy relationship aspects, and gave resources to aid those in abusive relationships was presented at Dutch Fork High School in Irmo, SC. A survey after the presentation indicated that they felt they better understood the concepts and believed the young age of the advocate survivor helped show the local issue due to the relatability aspect.

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