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ItemSexual dating violence prevention strategies perceived by Thai community peopleSexual coercions in dating relationships among Thai adolescents are increasing. The actual extent of this behavior is unknown. This study aims to assess community awareness of sexual violence against women in dating relationships, develop a culturally sensitive training program through community participatory approach, pilot the training and evaluate the program. Participants were male and female key informants aged over 18 recruited from the qualified volunteers using snow ball technique from two communities in central Thailand. Data were collected using eight individual interviews and eight focus group discussions. Interview guidelines and date rape vignettes were used. Qualitative data analysis was done using Atlas-ti software. The results indicated that community people perceived sexual dating violence as "gang rape" that boy friend shares his date with friends against her will. Sexual relationships among dating partners were perceived as permissive behavior and not culturally accepted by community. Date rape situations were perceived as consensual sex. Victims blaming was perpetuated. Women were expected to prevent rape and sexual advantage taken by their dates. Effective prevention program was sexual education targeting male's sexual responsibility, conscientiousness and their attitudes in respecting women as mother symbol. The evaluation of prevention program indicated that the sustainability of program was a good strategy for early prevention. Public and target group education about healthy sexual relationships are necessary. The results of this study contribute to public awareness and policy initiation to eliminate the issue from Thai society.