HAYS — Each fall semester, Hays-based Jana’s Campaign works with the freshman class at Hays High School to provide Bystander Intervention Trainings.

These trainings teach students how to safely, immediately and effectively intervene when they believe unhealthy or violent relationship behaviors are occurring.

After providing Bystander Intervention Trainings to freshmen in September, Jana’s Campaign was invited back this past Thursday to Hays High for a follow-up session.

The discussion further focused on the continuum of violence, recognizing "red flags" or warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and to review the bystander intervention strategies.

Nationally, one in three adolescents report being hit, slapped, stalked, sexually assaulted or emotionally abused by a dating partner, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This prevention education program, along with other evidence-based programs Jana’s Campaign provides, helps prepare students to take the lead on creating a culture of strong respect and to promote healthy relationship behaviors.

"Ongoing conversations about the issue of teen dating violence are crucial to ending all forms of gender-based violence. National Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed in October, but these issues won’t disappear at the end of the month. It is necessary to have conversations about preventing violence year-round," said Derek Ingalls, education and prevention specialist at Jana’s Campaign.

The ultimate goal of Jana’s Campaign’s programs is to stop violence before it starts. In Ellis County, Jana’s Campaign has worked with 12,687 students, from nine schools – kindergarten through college.

Beyond Ellis County, Jana’s Campaign has worked with more than 72,500 middle and high school students across nine states, nearly 420 colleges and universities across 43 states, and thousands of citizens since 2013. To learn more about Jana’s Campaign, and its violence prevention education programs, visit www.janascampaign.org.

Jana’s Campaign is a national education and violence prevention organization with the single mission of reducing gender and relationship violence. In honor of the late Jana Mackey, of Hays, and other victims and survivors of gender and relationship violence, Jana’s Campaign delivers comprehensive educational programming that prevents domestic and dating violence, sexual violence and stalking.