PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Every year, the Center for Prevention of Abuse brings information and programs to students and schools across Central Illinois.

Last year, more than 36,000 students received abuse prevention education through the center.

“It’s part of our name, it’s at the core of what we do,” said Carol Merna, CEO of the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

Leaders said education helps students learn the danger signs and stop something before it happens. Topics include everything from healthy relationships and teen dating violence to bullying and respect.

“We provide age-appropriate, comprehensive, evidence-based educational opportunities for students K — 12,” said Merna. “We give them the tools that they need to be able to recognize ‘What is abuse?’ ‘When you don’t feel safe,

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