By David Lee on August 8, 2011 · tagged as , , ,

Healthy Break-Ups and Why They Matter

Break-ups can be messy, painful and drawn-out. These days, they can also be broadcast world-wide with the click of a mouse. Last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine section had an article about the Boston Public Health Commission’s Break Up Summit. At Peace Over Violence’s 3rd Annual Violence-Free Teens Conference,held February 4, 2011, I had the chance to see the discussion of “face it, don’t facebook it” in action in front of a room of youth and adults. Casey Corcoran, Director of Start Strong Boston at the Boston Public Health Commission, and Start Strong Peer Leader, Nathaniel Brewer, explored what a healthy teen break-up looks like, feels like and sounds like as well as helped participants gain new skills and a better understanding of how break-ups can affect future relationships.

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Cayla August 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

This year’s conference will focus on empowering youth and adult allies to end relationship violence. Find out more at


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