Preventing Dating Violence

Violent dating behaviors can be prevented by demonstrating healthy dating behaviors. Teaching healthy dating consists of building skills in effective communication, conflict resolution, anger management, shared responsibility, and showing respect.

"Violence should never be an option in a relationship, and if someone thinks it is, then it's time to get out of that relationship. I just hope the teens of Utah and all of America can be strong enough to know that."

Wyatt, high school student

Healthy Relationships Media Contest

Each year the Utah Healthy Relationships Taskforce presents the Healthy Relationships Media Contest during the months of January and February. The contest is open to all Utah students in grades 11-18 (and youth not in school but of equivalent age). 

The categories include: 

Visual Arts: drawings, paintings, posters, photographs, photo documentary, etc.

Video/Film: PSAs, music videos, etc. (Videos must not exceed 3 minutes)

Written Works: songwriting, poetry, short story, essay, etc. (Must not exceed 500 words)

Media pieces must reflect the theme of the contest and artists are encouraged to submit a description of their project. Consent forms are required for all youth submitting projects. Students can work in groups or individually, and the top 3 entries in each category are awarded a prize! Stay tuned for next year's media contest information!

Healthy Relationships Toolkit

To help individuals understand the dynamics of unhealthy dating relationships, the UDOH and Utah Healthy Relationship Task Force have developed the Healthy Relationships Toolkit.

10 Ways to Have a Healthy Dating Relationship

Healthy relationships take practice! Here are some tips for building not only healthy dating relationships, but friendships with peers, family, and coworkers.

  1. COMMUNICATE. Be willing to have open and honest dialogue and freely communicate emotions, problems, desires, expectations, etc. to one another.
  2. PROBLEM SOLVE. Find solutions to problems where both people feel happy and satisfied. Compromise so each person is happy with the decision.
  3. SHARE POWER. Take mutual responsibility and have equal
    influence on the relationship. Make decisions together.
  4. USE NON-THREATENING BEHAVIOR. Talk and act so that expressing feelings is comfortable. Act in a way that creates a safe feeling and environment.
  5. TRUST AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. Support each other’s goals in life. Respect each other’s right to their own feelings, friends, activities and opinions.
  6. BE HONEST AND ACCOUNTABLE. Accept responsibility for oneself. Acknowledge past use of violence. Admit being wrong. Communicate openly and truthfully.
  7. ENCOURAGE PERSONAL GROWTH. Encourage individual growth and freedom. Support each other’s goals in life.
  8. NEGOTIATE AND BE FAIR. Have an argument that ends
    with a compromise with which both people are happy and satisfied.
  9. BE SELF-CONFIDENT. Respect each other’s personal identity.
    Support each other’s self-worth.
  10. GIVE AND EXPECT RESPECT. Listen without expressing judgment. Be emotionally affirming and understanding. Value the opinions of others. Have a balance of giving and receiving.