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Peer groups play an enormous role in preventing violence and promoting healthy teen relationships. They are, in essence, the first responders—the people who our children will look to before coming to us as parents, Corcoran says. “We need to treat young people as individuals who will be committed to engaging in healthy relationships. We need to create clusters of young people that are committed to that because that is their support system.”

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Peer groups: the first responders

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Peer groups play an enormous role in preventing violence and promoting healthy teen relationships. They are, in essence, the first responders—the people who our children will look to before coming to us as parents, Corcoran says. “We need to treat young people as individuals who will be committed to engaging in healthy relationships. We need to create clusters of young people that are committed to that because that is their support system.”