According to this Huffington Post article, domestic violence is reported less during specific holidays than on other days. It also states that acts of domestic violence typically do not happen in isolation; they are often repeated. So how can schools help educate both males and females on the awareness and prevention of teen dating violence?
Take advantage of the designation of February as Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month to help preteens and teens understand that early intervention, and prevention, can help stop the abuse.
The CDC reports that nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year. And with 72 percent of eighth and ninth graders dating, it is important for students to learn the characteristics of both healthy and unhealthy relationships, as well as what to do if they or a friend are involved in an unhealthy relationship.
LoveisRespect.org has informational resources for students, parents and schools on sating violence and “Teen DV Month.” February 9th-13th is the National Youth Advisory Board’s Respect Week. Download the 2015 guide here. Also, Tuesday, February 10th is Wear Orange 4 Love day.
PublicSchoolWORKS “Teen Dating Violence” online training course describes abuse, lists teen dating violence risk factors, discusses the impact of such violence on victims and explains why victims stay with perpetrators. Educators and administrators who take the course also will learn about the common indicators of teen DV, how to properly meet with both the victim and the perpetrator and the common intervention strategies that schools can use.
Email or contact your Program Coordinator to learn how you can enroll your staff in this training in time for Teen DV Month.