Domestic violence shelter Harmony House has announced they are partnering with MSU Men’s Basketball Coach Dana Ford & his wife Christina’s Rebound Foundation to bring an anti-violence educational program to area schools.
The presentation will teach local youths about red flags when it comes to dating situations, what to do if you are in an unsafe relationship, and the concepts for building a healthy relationship.
“Educating others to the red flag warning signs, the dynamics of an abusive situation, and the resources available for individuals experiencing abuse are critical to reducing the incidence of abuse within our community,” Rachel Carter, Prevention Education Coordinator for Harmony House, said in a statement.
A recent study from Love Is Respect showed that girls and young women between 16 and 24 face the highest rate of domestic violence from an intimate partner, as much as three times the national average. The study also showed that only one in three teens told a trusted adult about the abuse they had been experiencing in their intimate relationships.
“It has been a pleasure working so closely with Rachel Carter, and we are excited to grow this under the leadership of Lisa Farmer,” Christina Ford of the Rebound Foundation said in a statement. “We will continue to promote Springfield as a place of collaboration to better the community and it starts with us leaders. By educating our youth and teens on dating violence and healthy relationships, we will be able to help prevent possible future violent and toxic relationships for each and every one of them. I am excited to continue building on this partnership and know that there are more great success stories to come in the future.”
The prevention education position within Harmony House is a new position created by a grant from O’Reilly. The partnership with Rebound Foundation will allow Harmony House to significantly expand their educational programs.
For more information the programs or how you can bring a Harmony House educational program to your youth group or organization, call 417-837-7700.