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About The STEP UP

The Step Up Program is a intiative partner violence, bullying, and school violence prevention approach that encourages young men and women from all socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to take on leadership roles in their schools and communities. The training is focused on an innovative "bystander" model that empowers each student to take an active role in promoting a positive school climate. The heart of the training consists of role-plays intended to allow students to construct and practice viable options in response to incidents of harassment, abuse, or violence before, during, or after the fact. Students learn that there is not simply "one way" to confront violence, but that each individual can learn valuable skills to build their personal resolve and to act when faced with difficult or threatening life situations.


EMAIL US AT --- UMDSTEPUP@gmail.com for more information



  • Of the women between ages 15 - 19 murdered each year, 30% are killed by theirN husbands or boyfriend
  • Nearly 80% of young women who have been physically abused in their intimate relationship continue to date their abusers.
  • In a recent survey, 26% of teenagers said they are very concerned about dating violence, 31% said they or a friend experienced dating violence.
  • 40% of teenage girls are 14 - 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend
  • While women are less likely than men to be victims of violent crimes overall, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.
  • In 92% of all domestic violence incidents, crimes are committed by men against women

Violence Against Women in the News





10 Things Men Can Do To Prevent Gender Violence
Online Stalking Prevention
William & Mary's Internet Resources





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