Dating violence education schools
ODE provides several forms of assistance to districts in meeting the requirements.Links to the following guidelines and resources can help districts that have not yet met the requirements.
“Our schools need to be safe havens for all students, and it is critical that we provide school leaders with tools and resources to help them become stronger partners in reducing teen dating violence and other forms of gender-based violence… These can also be fostered by a teen’s home and community.For example, higher levels of bonding to parents and enhanced social skills can protect girls against victimization.Teen dating violence has serious consequences for victims and their schools. Witnessing violence has been associated with decreased school attendance and academic performance. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Summary Report. Similarly, for boys, high levels of parental bonding have been found to be associated with less externalizing behavior, which in turn is associated with less teen dating violence victimization.
Most of the handful of programs that have been empirically investigated are school-based and use a group format.
Program length varies from less than a day to more than 20 sessions.
A few programs frame the issue using a feminist perspective, while others use a more skills-based and gender-neutral approach.
Further, teenage victims of dating violence are more likely than their non-abused peers to smoke, use drugs, engage in unhealthy dieting (e.g., taking diet pills or laxatives, vomiting to lose weight), engage in risky sexual behaviors, and attempt or consider suicide. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A 2009 study of sixth-grade students found that 25% thought it was acceptable for boys to hit their girlfriends.
Dating violence can inflict long‑lasting pain, putting survivors at increased risk of substance abuse, depression, poor academic performance, suicidal ideation, and future violence. In one Texas high school, a student was raped in the band room.