The teen program of Independence House provides assistance to teenagers on Cape Cod who have been impacted by domestic or sexual violence or who have questions about their intimate partner relationships.learn more about us
WHAT WE DO
Independence House teen counselors offer individual counseling, age-appropriate support groups; advocacy; crisis intervention; assessments, referrals; digital safety resources; prevention and education tools.learn about what we do
CONNECT WITH US
Independence House teen counselors are available to assist with any concerns. Counselors are available by phone text, by website chat messenger, by email, by 24-7-365 uninterrupted hotline, and in person.learn how to connect with us
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RELATIONSHIP ‘RED FLAGS’Learn more about red flags
What is acceptable and what is not. Are you confused?
RELATIONSHIP RIGHTSLearn more about relationship rights
Know your rights in a relationship so that you remain happy and healthy as a couple.
TYPES OF ABUSELearn more about types of abusive behavior
It’s not just physical. There are many behaviors that are abusive. Be informed!
HOW TO HELP A FRIEND IN NEEDLearn more about helping a friend
Are you concerned about a friend who may be in an unhealthy relationship? We can help answer your questions about how to be supportive.
Did You Know?
The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Respectful Youth Relationship Program
The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Respectful Youth Relationship Program is our youth-focused primary prevention and educational program promoting healthy relationships and violence prevention among high school students throughout Cape Cod. The program is named in honor of Nicholas Xiarhos, son of Yarmouth Police Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos, who lost his life in Afghanistan. Nick was a mentor and role model to his peers and always looked out for others.
Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP)
Independence House staff is certified to deliver the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) curriculum to high school students. The curriculum incporporates training on raising awareness and inspiring leadership around preventing violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender stereotypes. Students work during the school year on projects that empower them and raise awareness among their peers.Watch student PSA 1 Watch Student PSA 2
Prevention Program Funding
The Independence House Prevention, Education & Outreach Program is funded by the Department of Public Health (DPH) Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) is partially funded by grants received from the Verizon Foundation.
MVP Schools on Cape Cod
Independence House certified MVP facilitators currently present the MVP curriculum to the following ten Cape Cod High Schools: Barnstable High School, Bourne High School, Cape Cod Technical High School, Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Falmouth High School, Mashpee High School, Monomoy Regional High School, Sandwich High School, Sturgis East Charter Public School, and Sturgis West Charter Public School.
Special words from teen survivors
When I came to Independence House I was embarrassed and ashamed. I was emotionally paralyzed and devastated as a result of being raped. I believed I was to blame for it. I met with a teen counselor many times and always felt the safe space being with her. She provided incredible support for me and made sure I had a lot of other sources of support. Over time with with the help of my counselor, I learned a lot and became stronger and now understand it was not my fault. I became so strong that I was able to face the person who did this to me at his sentencing in court.
As a 17 year old, I came to you looking for counseling. I had no real goals or knew what I wanted. I just knew I was feeling pretty terrible. My expectations were by far surpassed in a positive way with the counseling, respect and support I got from Independence House. The services really helped me to get a lot out in the open, and I always felt good after leaving there. You helped me to be open and not closed off. I am a happier person and I no longer blame myself for the assault. Thank you for helping me to
take my life back.
I thought it was hard to talk about being gay, but not anything close to how hard it was to ask for help because my boyfriend was abusive to me. My counselor at Independence House was amazing and made me feel worthy and safe. I felt understood and that I was a priority. I learned so much about the dynamics of healthy and bad relationships and so much about myself too. Reaching out for help at Independence House was one of the best decisions I ever made. I am confident about my future relationships being happy and healthy.