Crime Prevention Ottawa supports local programs to equip youth with the tools and knowledge they need to build and maintain strong, respectful relationships.

Our goal? To help young people recognize what a healthy relationship looks like and understand what they can do to prevent or leave an unhealthy situation.

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The Fourth R

The Fourth R is an evidence-based dating violence prevention program designed to promote safe and healthy relationships.

A study showed that The Fourth R program reduced physical dating violence by over half among students aged 14 to 15 years.

The program is now available in all 41 English-speaking Ottawa high schools and many French-speaking high schools. More than 130 teachers have been trained to deliver this message to local students.


ManUp! is a movement initiated by a group of student leaders at Ottawa’s Longfields-Davidson Heights High School. The young men are working to change how women are treated in society. They hope to encourage men and boys to make better decisions and help bystanders to speak out and make a difference.

Crime Prevention Ottawa provided funding to help the group expand their efforts by sharing their knowledge with other schools. ManUp! has now expanded to 25 high schools throughout Ottawa and surrounding areas.

Crime Prevention Ottawa also funded the ManUp! Speaking tours in Ottawa and Owen Sound, reaching nearly 10,000 students.

The group was invited to act as advisors to a violence against women task force that was formed by members of the Provincial Legislature. They have also received speaker requests from schools in Toronto.

ManUp’s blog can be found at