Teen Dating Abuse Education and School Policies

New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU),
Legal Momentum: The Women's Legal Defense and Education Fund
Year Published: 2010
Number of Pages: 
New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

Dating abuse is the use of abusive behaviors by a person to harm, threaten, intimidate, or control a current or former dating partner. It can include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Dating abuse is a widespread problem; nationally, up to 40 percent of teens have been in abusive relationships, and 43 percent of those students experienced abuse while at school. Several states now require school districts to adopt policies on dating abuse among students, which include providing dating abuse education to students and/or protecting targets of dating abuse while they are at school. This guide looks at current laws and pending legislation relating to dating abuse. First, the authors suggest recommended provisions for school dating abuse policies. Then they provide brief descriptions of existing state laws addressing teen dating abuse in the schools, followed by proposed state legislation relating to teen dating abuse in school. Modified Author Abstract.

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