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Prevention is a cornerstone of our work as we would like to ultimately prevent domestic and sexual violence from occurring in the first place. Providing education about how to recognize abuse and engage in healthy relationship behaviors helps us all have safer, healthier, and more connected communities.

One way Hanover Safe Place is engaging in prevention work is through our teen leadership program.

Upstanding Youth: Advocates for a Healthy Hanover is a teen leadership program designed to prevent teen dating violence and sexual assault by empowering teens and giving them the skills to create lasting change in their communities. Teens will learn about important social issues affecting their communities. They will then acquire facilitation skills to become leaders by developing a project to address one of these issues. This year-long program seeks to promote healthy relationships for all youth in Hanover. This program is free to participate in and teens can earn community service hours by participating.


The Upstanding Youth program applications are due September 15th and the program runs September-May each year. Click here to apply.

Additionally, Hanover Safe Place offers one-session or multi-session workshops for youth. A one-session workshop can introduce youth to the basic concepts and start to build foundational skills. Multi-session workshops will allow youth more time to dive deeper into the concepts and give them enduring skills and knowledge to change behaviors and community norms.


To request a prevention program, please fill out an Outreach Request Form. Please submit this form at least 2 weeks prior to the event.


If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Community Engagement, at or call 804-368-8804.

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