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Prevention

Alternatives Incorporated is striving to eradicate domestic and sexual violence in Central Indiana. To achieve this goal we have implemented and expanded prevention services. The overall goal of our prevention programming is to change and eliminate the social norms existing in our society that support and promote violence.

CARe 2 Get Connected up the side of Alternatives' logo (A large A with Alternatives Inc. underneath)


CARe 2 Get Connected is a primary prevention program designed to eliminate dating violence and sexual abuse. The program is provided in most Madison and Hancock County middle and high schools in a two to ten session format (depending on the school) with the goal of providing teens the tools and knowledge to lead healthy relationships.

CARe 2 Get Connected teaches teens how to identify the early warning signs of an abusive relationship, understand they have choices, and believe they are valuable people who deserve to be treated with respect.

The following is a list of topics covered:

  • Traits of a healthy relationship
  • Types of dating violence 
  • Signs of an abusive/unhealthy relationship - red flags
  • The cycle of violence and warning signs
  • The immediate and long term effects of violence
  • Rape, sexual battery, sexual misconduct, coercion, and sexting
  • Consent - who can and can't give consent
  • Establishing and respecting boundaries within relationships
  • The use of date rape drugs
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Male victimization
  • Forms of abuse (intimidation, violation of personal boundaries, uses of male privilege, limiting independence, degradation & humiliation, isolation, harassment, etc.)
  • What to do if you have been abused or assaulted
  • Bystander intervention techniques - how to help someone you think is in an abusive relationship
  • Community resources

If you are a teacher or school administrator and would like this program offered in your school or classroom, please contact one of our Prevention Specialists, listed below. Virtual options of the program are also available.

Rebekah Steele Hancock County - (317) 462-8777 - rsteele@alternativesdv.org
Nicole Blackburn, Madison, Henry, and Delaware County - (765) 643-0218 - nblackburn@alternativesdv.org