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Relationship Abuse Prevention Program

RAPP is a middle and high school-based curriculum designed to end teen relationship abuse and empower young people. Because violent behavior typically begins between the ages of 12 and 18, RAPP was developed to deliver an array of services to help students recognize and change unhealthy patterns of behavior before transitioning into adult relationships.

“I was a really mean person before I joined RAPP. Now I feel like my brothers and sisters can look up to me.” —Chanel

The RAPP program is a unique part of URI’s holistic suite of domestic violence prevention, intervention, education and outreach programs and services. Through our work with teens, URI stands out in the domestic violence landscape to help stop abuse before it starts; prevention now creates more opportunity for a future free of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).

Master’s level social workers – RAPP Coordinators – are placed in schools to educate students, school staff, parents, and the entire school community. The RAPP Coordinators provide:

  • Individual and group counseling to students, meeting them where they’re at regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, relationship status and comfort with disclosure
  • Classroom workshops
  • Staff Development and Training


Students receive counseling on a wide variety of subjects related to teen abuse, including:

  • leaving abusive relationships
  • helping friends who are in abusive relationships
  • dealing with trauma from having witnessed violence in the family
  • reporting crimes
  • obtaining orders of protection
  • building confidence and self esteem
  • preventing domestic violence in the community


Watch the video featuring Urban Resource Institute’s Dr. Carla Smith, Chief Programs Officer and three young people who participated in the RAPP program. Listen to their stories as they share their experiences, words of encouragement, and the life-changing value of the RAPP program.


We believe one of our best resources to teach teens about healthy relationships are other trained teens. That’s why an important component of RAPP is Peer Leadership, which builds teen leaders who can speak out against relationship abuse and promote active student involvement.

In an intensive seven-week summer program, RAPP coordinators and students work to develop trainings for their peers throughout the city. After completing the program, students are prepared to discuss relationship abuse with their classmates when returning to school. The summer program emphasizes professional development, responsibility, and community building.