Prevention Programs

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Prevention Education

School-Based Sexual & Dating Violence Prevention Programming

Building Healthy Relationships (BHR)

BHR is an interactive curriculum, usually occurring over five sessions, designed to prevent dating and sexual violence. Specially trained educators tailor presentations to fit the time frames and specific needs of each school. This program is offered to area middle and high schools. BHR covers the following evidenced-based prevention topics: gender roles and stereotypes, power, control, and equality across relationship behaviors; boundaries, sexual violence and affirmative consent, and bystander intervention. Our objective is for participants to leave with the shared goal of preventing violence in the future and in possession of the skills to do just that. If you are interested in scheduling a BHR program, or you would like to volunteer, please contact Prevention Program Coordinator Lindsey Badger at

The County offices also offer BHR programming, including a dating violence prevention activity called In Their Shoes. Designed with the classroom in mind, In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence- Classroom Edition is an engaging way to talk about dating violence and healthy relationships with young people in one class period. Participants become one of six characters based on the experiences of real teens including sexting, pregnancy, homophobia and stalking. They make choices about their relationships and move through the scenario by reading about interactions with their dating partner, family, friends, counselors, police and others.

In 2019-2020, some of the interactive activities have been modified from the old curriculum to be responsive to student- and teacher-identified needs.  Additional material covering state law is also included in the 2019-2020 program to meet new state mandates. There are three High School curriculum, designed to fit the schedules and class lengths of the different area schools. Middle Schools have a single curriculum because they do not have the same schedule variations. Click on the web links below to access the 2019-2020 Teen Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention Program Curriculum outlines:

5 day, 45 min BHR Outline High School 2019-2020

3 day, 60 minute BHR Outline High School 2019-2020

3 days, 80 minutes BHR Outline High School 2019-2020

BHR Outline Middle School 2019-2020 (5 day)

Building Healthy Relationships Handouts 

Updates to our curriculum supplement are anticipated by early 2020. The 2018-2019 Teen Dating and Sexual Violence Prevention Program Curriculum Guide (which includes the old curriculum and supplemental documents) is available below. The rationale, handouts, activities, laws, and additional resources and references remain relevant and will form the backbone of the curriculum supplement that we will publish in 2020:

Elementary Prevention Programming

In February of 2018, Middle Way House was awarded a grant from the Monroe County Community Foundation to expand our violence prevention programming to serve elementary-age children. Our new part-time Prevention Specialist, Kyla Wargel, will work with board member and prevention volunteer Peg Smith to complete development and implementation of Elementary Prevention Programming (EPP). Lessons and activities will focus on: understanding and demonstrating empathy, learning about and embracing differences, developing skills for emotional regulation and conflict management; and identifying boundaries and corresponding safe and appropriate interactions. If you are interested in violence prevention programming for elementary-age children in your life, please contact our prevention team at:

Youth-Serving Agency-Based Sexual and
Dating Violence Prevention Programming

For area youth-serving agencies, we draw upon our BHR core lessons to bring a wide range of interactive activities, discussions, and projects to at-risk youth. Youth-serving agencies we have worked with include: Stepping Stones, Youth Services Bureau, Girls, Inc., Boys and Girls Club, Rhinos, and Prism Youth Community. If your youth-serving agency is interested in prevention programming, please contact our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger at:

Campus & Community-Based Sexual and Dating Violence Prevention Programming

For campus and community-based groups, we provide adult-oriented prevention education. Examples of campus and community-based settings we’ve served include mental health and addictions groups, Indiana University classes, conferences, festivals, churches, provider meetings and open-to-the-public events. If your campus or community group is interested in prevention programming, or there is a prevention initiative you would like to see in our community, please contact Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger at:

*We strive to have our On-Scene Advocates, who are trained in domestic and sexual violence crisis intervention skills, present for our prevention programs to provide support for participants who might feel overwhelmed or triggered by our programming content.

Teen Peer Advocates (TPAs)

TPAs are local high-school age youth empowered with information, resources, and peer advocacy skills to support youth survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, and human trafficking in our community. We hold a six-part Teen Peer Advocacy training program each semester. We also organize an MLK-inspired social justice project every January to prevent teen dating and sexual violence. If you, or a youth in your life, are interested in becoming a Teen Peer Advocate, contact our Prevention Program Coordinator Lindsey Badger at:

Queer Talk (QT)

QT is a monthly community workshop and a confidential space for people identifying along the spectrum of queerness to share experiences, strengthen bonds, and develop the skills needed to inspire one another and ignite action in the communities where we live. QT is not specifically for survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Primary prevention tells us that strengthening LGBTQIA+ communities decreases domestic and sexual violence.  Facilitators are MWH staff and community members who identify along the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. If you are interested in volunteering with or participating in QT, you can contact our Community Outreach Coordinator, Cassie Petty, at or our Prevention Program Coordinator, Lindsey Badger at:

Letter-Writing Nights to
Incarcerated Survivors

Monthly letter-writing events provide participants with the opportunity to write letters of support to incarcerated survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Participants can write a loved one or hear and select a survivor’s story. All ages are welcome. These events are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 7pm-8pm. Letter Writing Night is held at the Monroe County Public Library on the 2nd floor in the Commons. These events are held in collaboration with MCPL’s NonProfit Central, New Leaf-New Life, the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project, All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center, the IU Middle Way House Chapter, and Bloomington PRIDE. For more information, contact