BHR 19

Statistics indicate that nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner each year and 1 in 5 teens has experienced emotional abuse from a dating partner. Research shows that teens of all ages, backgrounds, and identities are vulnerable to being victims of abuse, including physical, psychological, emotional, verbal, sexual, and digital abuse such as forcing a partner to share their passwords, posting negative or insulting things about a partner, and using technology to monitor a partner. In response to ongoing technological developments, the introduction of new social networking platforms, and more, the focus of research on how teens use technology to hurt their partners is increasing.

Digital abuse rarely happens in isolation; 84% of teens who report digital abuse say their partners also psychologically abused them, 52% say they were also physically abused, and 33% say they were also sexually coerced. Furthermore, research indicates that the severity of adult intimate partner violence is often greater in cases where the pattern of abuse was established in adolescence. In response to the enormous need for youth focused prevention education, WomenShelter of Long Beach (WSLB) is hosting its second annual Building Healthy Relationships through Prevention Education Youth Conference (BHR Youth Conference) on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 9:00am-2:45pm in recognition of National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). The conference is open to high school students, college students, adult caregivers and service providers.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Free for high school students, college students, adult caregivers and service providers
Community service hours provided upon request

Breakfast, lunch, and complimentary parking provided

Each event participant will have the opportunity to win one of three raffle packages!

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Please contact Tatiana Dorman at or (562) 437-7233, ext. 27

  • To create a safe space for youth and adults to have open, honest conversations
  • To promote healthy relationships between parents and youth and amongst youth
  • To enhance the knowledge of teens and parents regarding teen dating violence, sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and the dynamics of abuse in a digital world
  • To increase one’s ability to recognize red flags
  • To provide the knowledge to identify where to get help and how to provide peer support to someone who may be experiencing abuse
  • To increase teen dating violence awareness

  • A welcome continental breakfast and an introduction to the day
  • Interactive skits, facilitated by California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) interACT, regarding dating violence, sexual abuse, power and control, victim blaming, and victim/survivor support
  • Two breakout sessions: A workshop for youth and a presentation for adult caregivers
  • A complimentary lunch
  • A keynote presentation by Dr. Nina Flores, CSULB Assistant Professor in the Social and Cultural Analysis of Education Department, focusing on the prevalence of harassment in day-to-day interactions (in person and online) and the influence of this harassment on the development of healthy self-images and relationships
  • Closing conversation with all participants

A very special thank you to our generous sponsor, the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel.

If you would like to become a BHR Youth Conference Sponsor, please contact Tatiana Dorman at or (562) 437-7233. ext. 27