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Family Justice Center

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an initiative of the Montgomery County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council
Teen dating abuse is a pattern of physically, sexually, verbally, and/or emotionally abusive 
or controlling behavior in a dating relationship. One in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of  physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse.

Choose Respect Montgomery's mission is to promote respect in dating relationships and to raise community awareness about the prevalence of teen dating violence.

→  Want to learn more about dating violence? Click here. ( En Español)


Expect Respect Presentations

  • Free 45-minute interactive presentations 
  • For school classes or afterschool groups
  • For youth ages 13 - 18
  • Approved by MCPS
  • Youth learn about dating violence, warning signs, and how to help a friend
  • Youth hear about the resources available to get help
  • Available in English and Spanish 
  • To request a training, please email Smita Varia at

Programs for Athletes

  • Coaching Boys Into Men: Equips coaches to teach athletes that violence never equals strength. Provides strategies, scenarios, and resources.    Read more about Coaching Boys into Men.
  • Athletes as Leaders: Empowers female athletes to take an active role in promoting healthy relationships and ending sexual violence.  Read more about   Athletes as Leaders.
  • To request more information, please email Smita Varia at

Video Contest

RespectFest 2020 (formally the Choose Respect Conference)

  • Sign up for updates here!
  • The date for 2020 will be announced in the coming months
  • For students, parents and youth serving providers
  • Learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
  • Get tips on how to help a friend.
  • Learn about the resources in the community.
  • Watch our 10th Anniversary Retrospective Video:


2019 PSA Video Contest Winners:
1st Place: "Reflection" 

2nd Place: "It Was All Her Fault"

3rd Place: "Dear Diary"

Honorable Mention and Fan Favorite: "You Are Not Alone"

Honorable Mention: "There Is Another Side"  


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