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RAPP

Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP)
RAPP is one of the most extensive domestic violence prevention programs in NYC, and is based in schools throughout the City. RAPP's central mission is to end relationship abuse among young people. Its curriculum helps students to identify destructive patterns of behavior before they become repeating patterns in adult relationships.

Since 1999, HRA's innovative RAPP program has helped teens attending public high schools develop healthier relationships. RAPP Social workers (MSW) use many different methods to combat relationship abuse, including: prevention classes, intervention counseling, staff development and training, and community outreach.

Teen RAPP Performance
School YearNumber of Students Who Received Intervention Services and CounselingNumber of Students Who completed the 3 session curriculumPre/Post Test Increases
2005-20065,2037,33288%
2006-20076,2335,97884%
2007-20085,5255,04988%
2008-20097,3434,46289%
2009-20107,1004,18187%
2010-2011*6,4894,27489%
Total37,89331,27687%

RAPP's goal is to make schools safe places with zero tolerance for any kind of abuse and to promote a safe and productive learning environment for students and staff. In September 2005, the program was expanded to include middle schools, as well as additional high schools. The Department of Education is gradually creating smaller schools within larger school buildings. Due to this change, RAPP is currently in 67 middle and high schools.
Download a list of schools involved in RAPP (in PDF)
Read thoughts about experiences with the RAPP program