By Lori Basheda, Orange County Register
February 12, 2019
A program aimed at helping adolescents get out of abusive relationships is now in demand in Orange County’s middle schools.
Laura’s House, a domestic violence agency in Ladera Ranch, launched HEART (Healthy Emotions & Attitudes in Relationships Today) in 2007. The idea was to bring a Dating 101 presentation to high school and college students to teach them what a healthy relationship looks like: safe, respectful.
That first year they spoke to a couple dozen youths. Last year, the number of Orange County youths participating in the program surpassed 13,000. Demand is so high there is a waiting list. And the age of the participants is dropping.
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