Community Education

Prevention Program

Monarch Services provides educational presentations to schools, colleges, community organizations and service providers in Santa Cruz County. Presentations provide information about domestic violence, sexual assault, and agency services.

Topics, in English and Spanish, include:

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  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Domestic Violence Effects on Children
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Human Trafficking
  • Child Sexual Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Bystander Intervention
  • Agency Services

To inquire about a presentation on these or any other topics, please contact our office at (831) 425-4030 or email at

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Youth Violence Prevention

The youth violence prevention program focuses on promoting a positive youth centered approach to conducting workshops. Monarch Services believes in conducting workshops using a primary prevention approach.

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Quick facts:

  • 1 in 3 teenagers have experienced violence in a dating relationship
  • Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest per capita rates of intimate violence nearly 20 per 1,000 women
  • 1 in 5 college females will experience some form of dating violence.

Workshops tend to be an hour long with a variety of topics ranging from healthy relationships and dating violence to bystander intervention and media literacy. The workshops not only provide information but prepare the youth to understand real life scenarios and apply what they have learned in the real world.

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Workshop topics include:

Teen Dating Violence:
Teens will be able to identify what actually constitutes as dating violence in relationships. How to spot red flags in a relationship that could possibly lead to dating violence.

Healthy Relationships:
Teens will gain an understanding of what a healthy relationship should look like and dispel ideas that we often incorrectly associate with what a relationship should be.

Domestic Violence and Domestic Violence Effects on Children:
Teens will learn about the warning signs, how violence affects and influences their development and future relationships.

Power and Control:
Teens will learn to identify the dynamics of an unhealthy intimate partner relationship that can lead to a partner attempting to gain power and control over the other.

What is Consent:
Teens will gain a deeper understanding of the definition on consent and its importance in different contexts. Participants will recognize unclear situations where consent has not been given.

Teens will learn warning signs and how to support peers who might be experiencing bullying.

Bystander Intervention:
Teens will learn how they can help and intervene properly in situations where they may believe someone else is in danger, so as to not put themselves or others at risk

Media Literacy:
Teens will analyze how the media portrays and reinforces relationship dynamics that are unhealthy and place pressure on its viewers to follow conceived gender roles.

Gender Roles:
Teens will analyze and learn how their own backgrounds affect our own expectations and interactions in relationships.