“I really feel that if I had known about [HAVEN] or if I had a teacher or another adult ask me about it, I would have told.” -A childhood sexual abuse survivor
HAVEN is dedicated to addressing public health through violence prevention and improving the well-being of children and families.
Using age-appropriate interactive curricula, this school-based K-12 prevention education program aims to expose the realities of sexual and domestic violence in our communities. Our main goals are to prevent violence before it happens and to change behaviors and mindsets to make our community a safer place.
Sexual and domestic violence and teen dating violence have a major impact on the lives of individuals, their families and friends, and ultimately, on the entire community. The correlation between child sexual abuse and public health is well documented. Survivors are more likely to suffer from substance abuse and suicidal behavior than the general public. Child sexual abuse and teen dating violence can cause a range of chronic disorders including PTSD, as well as difficulty forming healthy relationships of any kind.