Dating violence to be discussed
Dating violence in Hawaii will be explored at a conference from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu.
Sponsors are the Hawaii Youth Services Network, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse & Legal Hotline and Filipino Community Center.
The agenda will feature presentations by Hawaii and mainland professionals.
Waimea High School peer education students and teachers will discuss "Is This Relationship Right for Me?"
Linda Garding and Molly Wood, Mountain Plains Youth Services Network, Bismarck, N.D., will use drama and role-playing for "teaching life lessons."
Other highlights will include:
» "Agony" -- What dating violence looks like to gay/lesbian/transgendered/bisexual teens, presented by Tamiko Wilson, Tamara Costa and Danielle Thompson, Love and Justice Program of Community United Against Violence, San Francisco.
» "Reaching Young Men to Prevent Dating and Sexual Violence," by Cynthia Cary, Steven Vega and Nancy Findeisen, Sexual Assault Support Services, Kahului, Maui.
» "Respectful Relationships: Preventing Sexual Assault," by Christy Werner, Sex Abuse Treatment Center, Honolulu.
» "Everything You Need to Know to Improve or Start Your Youth-to-Youth Peer Helping Program," by Ira Sachnoff, Peer Education and Consulting, San Francisco.
Sachnoff also will present some interactive lessons on relationship abuse prevention.
The cost, including lunch, is $15 per high school or intermediate school student and $20 for adults.
Teachers interested in taking groups of students to the conference should contact the Teen Alert Program of the Domestic Violence Clearinghouse at 534-0040.
For more information, call the Hawaii Youth Services Network, 531-2198.