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MVP program at a middle school

Sioux City, IA, March 14, 2008 –
Some Sioux City high school student got a lesson Wednesday not usually taught inside the classroom.

About 300 area students gathered together at Hoover Middle School to take part in a national program called, M.V.P. or Mentors in Violence Program.

The students learned how to prevent violence in relationships, since many are starting a romantic relationship for the first time.

Officials say this is the perfect age to make young adults aware of relationship violence.

"Somebody who yell at their girlfriend or partner quite a bit, they might not see that as abnormal or abusive but normal if they don't have anything to compare it to. So for us talking to them now when in the midst of it, gives them examples of what to look for and say, oh that's good, that's not so good." Said Jeff O’Brien, Director of the MVP Program.

Women ages 16 to 24 are most likely to suffer from abuse of a partner.

Article reprinted from KTIV, News Channel 4