Safe Dates Training: Preventing Teen Dating Violence
11/3/2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 AM

Teen dating violence is common - much more common than most caring adults realize. It affects millions of US teenagers every year. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 9 female teenagers and 1 in 13 male teenagers report having experienced physical violence from a dating partner in the past year. Over 1 in 7 female teens, and 1 in 19 male teens, report experiencing sexual dating violence in the last year. Of women and men who have experienced intimate partner contact violence at some point in their lives, 24% of women and 14% of men first experienced that violence before the age of 18. 

The Center for Ministry and Faith in Women have partnered to introduce faith leaders - both lay and clergy - to resources designed to help teenagers identify healthy relationships and behaviors, and to enhance those resources with supplemental faith-based curriculum developed by Rev. Elizabeth Henry, Pastor to Children and Families at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS.

Taught by the Rev. Dawn Flowers, senior pastor of Parkway Hills United Methodist Church, this continuing education event will prepare faith leaders to engage teenagers around subjects like defining caring relationships, respecting our own and others' bodies, understanding abuse, helping friends, communicating well, and addressing their anger effectively. 

 Meet your Facilitator: 

 Rev. Dawn Douglas Flowers is an ordained Elder in her 13th year under appointment in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church currently serving Parkway Hills UMC in Madison, MS. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Dawn enjoys reading, watching movies, anything outside, and spending time with her family.

She is married to Shawn Flowers, an elementary Gifted education teacher as well as the assistant softball coach at Madison Central.  They have three children ages 12, 9, and 5.  Her children, and her desire for them and for all young people to know what a healthy relationship looks like and to be equipped to name when something isn’t as it should be has inspired her to aid children and youth workers in leading these important discussions within their churches.   

Meet your Curriculum Supplement Author:

Rev. Elizabeth Henry is the Pastor to Children and Families at Galloway United Methodist Church in Jackson, MS. She studied social work at Baylor University in Waco, TX (2011) before attending seminary at Duke Divinity School in Durham, NC, and earning her Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2014. Rev. Henry is also a certified yoga instructor, avid reader, writer, and cat lover.




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