The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence is collaborating with the California Department of Education to make dating abuse prevention resources widely accessible to schools and community partners throughout the state.
The California Department of Education has published its first-ever webpage on teen dating abuse prevention. The page includes a link to definitions of key terms. The definitions used are the same definitions that were included in AB 1880 (Lara), a dating abuse prevention bill sponsored by the Partnership.
The webpage also includes a link to California's Health Education Content Standards, approved by the State Board of Education in 2008. These standards include guidance on how to include the promotion of healthy relationships in an age-appropriate manner at each grade level.
In the future, a sample school dating abuse policy will be added to the web page.
Despite research showing that 1 in 4 US teens have experienced some form of abuse in a dating relationship, according to a new study, the majority of high schools don't have
procedures or trained staff to deal with the issue. In order to assess if high schools are prepared to address incidents of dating
violence, researchers surveyed members of the American School Counselor Association, in the first national assessment of school counselors’ practices
and perceptions of adolescent dating violence prevention.
of school counselors (81.3 percent) reported that they did not have a
protocol in their schools to respond to an incident of dating violence;
Ninety percent of school counselors reported that in the past two years,
there had been no staff training to assist survivors of dating
violence, and their school did not have a committee to address health
and safety issues including dating violence.
The majority of
school counselors (61 percent) reported that they had assisted a
survivor of dating violence in the past two years.
In the last 3 years, there have been
significant advances in the research, theory and practice of
school-based dating abuse prevention. Research and experiential evidence points to the need for comprehensive school-based strategies that include youth, school-based influencers, school policy and practice change, and linkages to broader community supports. A paradigm shift is happening - from prevention as education to prevention as comprehensive community change through education and advocacy.
Initiated in 2010, the six Demonstration Projects focus on preventing dating abuse among youth
ages 11-18, with a strong focus on middle school age youth. Each community is pilot-testing one of three innovative strategies in their community:
Vice President Biden, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal hosted
an event on June 21, 2012 to launch a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) about dating violence, as part of the Vice President’s
1 is 2 Many campaign. Due to the fact that young women today ages 16
to 24 experience the highest rates of violence at the hands of someone
they know, the PSA’s target audience is men of this same age group. The
PSA, which was produced by the White House,
features professional athletes and other male role models who deliver the message that dating violence is unacceptable, and men can step up and speak up to stop it.