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Preventing Domestic Violence and Abuse through Lifelong Education

Preventing domestic violence requires lifelong education. Having informed community members, professionals, and adolescents contributes to creating a culture free of domestic violence. Compass Center therefore offers youth empowerment and prevention programming and adult community education to provide factual information and practical skills for preventing and addressing domestic violence and abuse in our communities.

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Youth Empowerment

We believe that youth empowerment and education are key to fighting domestic violence. That’s why our youth empowerment programs focus on providing access to factual, medically-accurate sexual health education that includes information on healthy relationships, communication skills, and confidence building to reduce domestic violence.

School Programs

Compass Center provides two school-based youth empowerment programs in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools: Teens Climb High and Start Strong. 

  • Teens Climb High offers medically-accurate, inclusive, and comprehensive sexual health education to 9th grade students. Our program teaches life skills and critical thinking  to help students make positive life choices and avoid teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

  • Start Strong is a middle school based program that focuses on teen dating violence prevention and conflict resolution/communication skill development. 


Community Youth Education

Compass Center offers modified versions of our adolescent programming in alternative classroom/youth settings throughout the community. For questions or to schedule a presentation, please contact

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Teens on the Community Advisory Committee

Compass Center supports a teen advisory committee in which high school youth provide their feedback on teen services in Orange County and promote adolescent sexual health initiatives in their schools and communities.

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Youth Empowerment Blog

Check out our youth empowerment blog, where we write about sex, relationships, youth leadership, and more! Visit the Youth Empowerment Blog here.

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Parents are a young person’s primary relationship and sex educators. Compass Center helps increase communication among parents and their youth about dating, relationships, and sex through parent activities and workshops. Visit our Parents' page.

Empowering Our Community

To raise awareness, educate the community, and prevent domestic violence, Compass Center offers extensive adult education and professional training for the community. We are happy to customize/focus on a presentation or training to cover specific topics related to domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Trainings and Presentations

We offer a presentation entitled “Breaking the Silence” that defines domestic violence, discusses different forms of abuse, and dispels common myths around domestic violence. Our trainings and presentations focus on why victims stay in abusive relationships, the effects of domestic violence on families with children, and what can be done about domestic violence.
Specifically, we offer:

  • Professional training for businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

  • In-service presentations for healthcare providers, school professionals, the police, and mental health/substance abuse clinicians.

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Public Service Campaigns

Public Service campaigns including Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month every February, and Women’s History Month every March.
We also table frequently at community events, volunteer fairs, and academic environments to provide education about domestic violence and Compass Center agency services.

Learn More

To learn more about our Teens Climb High programs, please email or call 919-968-4610.
To schedule an education session or presentation, please contact our Director of Education Programs by emailing or call us at (919) 968-4610 for more information.
To volunteer with our Education & Prevention programs, please email the program director at or call 919-968-4610.

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