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CDC developed the Dating Matters Toolkit to give you everything you need to kick off and sustain the Dating Matters comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model in your community. In addition to all of the materials you need to implement each of Dating Matters’ seven prevention components, the Toolkit also includes:

  • Guide to Implementation
    • Guides local health departments or other lead community-based organizations in planning and successfully implementing the Dating Matters model. It includes information on building capacity, staffing needs, building community partnerships and engaging stakeholders, planning a budget, recruiting and engaging participants, tracking outcomes, and planning for sustainability.
  • Coaches’ Playbook
    • Guides Dating Matters Coaches in overseeing and supporting the youth and parent program facilitators. The guidance includes information on characteristics of good facilitators, training, supervision, and monitoring fidelity.
  • Online Training for Youth and Parent Program Facilitators
    • Free, online training for youth and parent program facilitators including interactive exercises, quizzes, video demonstrations featuring experienced youth and parent program facilitators, and homework assignments to reinforce skills and knowledge.
  • Team Up! for Dating Matters
    • Online community of practice for everyone involved in implementing Dating Matters. Utilizes a free, web-based or mobile application for communities to collaborate, problem solve, and share knowledge about Dating Matters implementation.

The Dating Matters Toolkit—all of the guidance and tools you need to implement Dating Matters—is  now available on CDC’s Veto Violence website!  Communities can put the best available research evidence on Dating Matters into practice. Click on The Science to learn more about the science behind Dating Matters and ongoing research efforts.

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Page last reviewed: March 14, 2019